Year 9 visit to Belmont Synagogue for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016
At the Holocaust visit in the Belmont synagogue, we learned many things. We learnt all the basics like how many people died, when it was, what sort of laws were placed against the Jews, but also the things deeper to the heart. Things like how it felt to be there, what the atmosphere was like in the ghettos and people’s opinion on God and religion after it happened. When we first arrived, we sat down in chairs and waited for it to start. On a board was a presentation filled with various images of the war and some information about them.
After seeing our schedule, we watched a video about what people were doing about the Holocaust in 2016 and some more information on other genocides, for example, the one in Cambodia. Then we were separated into groups and sent into rooms where we learnt about the basic things and revised all the material we were taught from previous Philosophy and Ethics classes. We then had a little break where we were provided with food and then a small purple wristband that said ‘Holocaust Memorial Day 27/01’ which I still wear to school. We then listened to a Holocaust survivor, Renee Salt, tell us about her story in the Lodz ghetto and Auschwitz- Birkenau and Belsen concentration camps. It was an emotional story that truly brought us to tears and made us re-evaluate the things in our life. Afterwards we asked her questions and then wrote her individual postcards in which I thanked her for being brave and told her I was proud of her and that I wish I could hug her. We took a group picture with her and we thanked her once again for telling us her story. It was a wonderful day in which we learnt so much and I will never forget it.
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Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
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