The Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, joined students at Park High School in Stanmore and Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel MBE today, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day which took place yesterday and commemorates the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death and concentration camp.
Chief Rabbi marks his final Holocaust Memorial Day at Stanmore School
London, 28th January 2013
The Chief Rabbi, who will step down from his post in September, spoke about the importance of Holocaust remembrance and of hearing the testimony of Holocaust survivors such as Gena.
Park High School has been particularly committed to Holocaust Education by participating every year in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons From Auschwitz Project, which takes sixth formers from around the country on a one day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassador, Krishna Magdani, who has been involved in the LFA project, spoke to her fellow students about what she had seen and why learning the lessons of the Holocaust was so important to tackle hatred and prejudice today.
Addressing the students, the Chief Rabbi said;
“When hate takes hold, communities are split apart and our humanity is destroyed. That is why we must continue to build bridges and find ways to bring communities together. We cannot change the past but we can, and we must, change the future. It is a privilege to live in a free and gracious country; it is up to us to be its guardians.”
Following the event, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust Karen Pollock MBE said, “It is vital for young people to comprehend the impact of the Holocaust and hearing Gena’s first-hand testimony will enable students to understand the consequences when hatred and prejudice go unchecked.”
Mr Emlyn Lumley, Head teacher of Park High School, added;
“Staff and students at Park High School all recognise the importance of marking Holocaust Memorial Day and the lessons we learn about unchallenged hatred and prejudice. We are particularly pleased that this year, we have been able to strengthen our learning in the company of Mrs Turgel and of the Chief Rabbi, particularly given that this is Lord Sacks’ final such assembly as Chief Rabbi. The learning for us all will truly be life-long.”
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