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Stoke Damerel Community College

Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on the 27th of January to commemorate the liberation of the largest and most infamous Nazi Concentration Camp, Auschwitz.

Each year, the Holocaust Education Trust proposes a theme for students to consider and this year's theme centres around the idea of the role of ‘Ordinary People’. The concept for this is that ordinary people were victims of the Nazis; ordinary people stood by and allowed the Holocaust to happen; ordinary people did extraordinary things to save Jewish people and those who committed mass murder were once ordinary people.

In order to show our support, as a campus for those who are victims of persecution, we have been working around this theme with Year 8, producing artwork around ‘Ordinary People’ as well as the History Ambassadors carrying out research into stories of people affected by the Holocaust to ensure ordinary peoples’ stories are not confined to History.

The research done by the History Ambassadors has been turned into assemblies to go out across the campus to ensure the stories of amazing individuals such as Mala Tribich, Renee Salt and Anne Frank are told.

Finally, 4 of our sixth form students have been awarded places on the Lessons from Auschwitz project which allows students to participate in seminars organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust, meet a Holocaust survivor and visit Auschwitz in Poland as part of a programme where they will then share their findings to younger students.