A group of year 8 students visited Durham Cathedral to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz- Birkenau. The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day was to keep the memory alive.
During the morning, students participated in workshops in which they heard personal stories of the horrors of the Holocaust and the lasting impact on families for generations as well as considering the lessons we can learn. Also, students reflected on why prejudice and discrimination still needs tackling this in today’s society.
In the afternoon, students listened to the incredible and very moving story of Eva Clarke who was born in Mauthausen concentration camp. She and her mother were the only survivors of their family, 15 members of whom were killed in Auschwitz. Joey was brave enough to ask Eva a question in front of everyone there – about how Eva’s own children had reacted to her story.
Students reflected on the day, Neave from Year 8 said the day was ‘very educational and reflective day and it is important to remember all the victims of genocide and to keep the memory alive. I won’t forget it and I hope all who attended won’t. This day made me want to stop genocide and anything like this happening again.’ Georgia also reflected ‘listening to people telling their own stories and their families was very heartfelt.’
Students gained a huge amount from a very thought provoking and moving day.