“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
Anne Frank (1944)
January 27th 1945 is the date that the Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland was liberated. This date has now become Holocaust Memorial Day. The college community was deeply honoured to have been asked to participate in this important event.
The college was represented by Joe and Amy.
Speaking after the event Joe, from Year 10 said, “Many people have heard about Auschwitz and the horrors that happened there and many have seen films or documentaries about the Holocaust”.
“As a GCSE student I’m very aware of the events that took place. I had the privilege of visiting Auschwitz recently and was overcome with shock and horror at what the experience conveyed to me. It is a place every person should visit in their lifetime”. Adding, key words have stayed with me from that day to this, “Separation, Starvation, Humiliation and Elimination.”
Holocaust Memorial Day also remembers all those who have died in other genocides of history. We remember those who were murdered in Cambodia, Rwanda, Armenia, Bosnia and Darfur. Innocent people who were killed just for being different, whether it be a different tribe, religion, race, political opinion or sexuality.
“I do believe, with all my heart, in the natural Goodness of Man. This, I do believe."
(Taken from a Poem written specially for the day by John Gorman)