Holocaust Memorial Day

On Wednesday, 9 December, the school had many special guests in to teach all of Year 9 about the dreadful event of the Holocaust. Throughout the day, classes were taught for one period by a man called Mike; Mike knew a lot about the Holocaust and told the classes information about it that not many of us knew.  He covered a lot on the Holocaust and helped us to see from many perspectives. We had to try and think like the Germans, to see why they would do the things they did (this was very hard), and we also had to think like the Jews, so we tried to imagine the worry and pain they had to go through, and it was truly horrible to picture anyone in this position. He told us about his, and his wife’s, family and how they were affected too, which really showed us that the Holocaust destroyed and broke up families; just like our own at home.  Mike showed us pictures of his family, not expecting what was to come.

We got taught about a camp called Theresienstadt or Terezin which featured in another special guest’s story, Eva, who we met later in the day: she was a Holocaust survivor. This camp had not been heard of a lot, but it was just as evil as the rest. The Holocaust day taught most of us a lot, as before this we had not been taught it; all this information was new to us, the stories told were shocking and everyone was affected by them.

During Periods 3 and 4, all of Year 9 gathered in the Main Hall to listen to a Holocaust survivor; Eve Clarke.  Eva told us about her and her mother’s incredible experience of the Holocaust.  This included information about what is was like to be a Jew under control of Hitler before, during and after the Holocaust. 

After Eva had finished, we were allowed to ask her questions.  This enabled us to find out extra details and interesting facts about her experience.

Wednesday’s Holocaust day, with Eva Clarke’s story, really gave us an insight into what the war was really like.  The story of Eva’s mother made us feel how lucky we are, and how different life is now.  Everybody took care to listen to the story of Eva’s mother’s heartache and struggle through her time in the concentration camps.  A few found it so touching, tears were shed.  Eva made us remember racism is a horrible, inhumane thing and what generations before us went through as a result of it.

By Amber Wales, 9SCH, Mary Crouch, 9MRI and Francesca Prance, 9MRI