The Notre Dame community commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, holding a service of remembrance in our chapel.
27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, which is why the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) chose this date to “remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and during more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.”
As the HMDT website states, “The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation, and genocide must still be resisted every day. Our world often feels fragile and vulnerable, and we cannot be complacent. Even in the UK, prejudice and the language of hatred must be challenged by us all.
“Together we bear witness for those who endured genocide, and honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.”
A-level History and Politics teacher Katherine Lowcock said, “Our lay chaplain and I thought it was very important to acknowledge that the Memorial Day should commemorate all those affected by genocide, which is why our lay chaplain used a globe during the service. We’d like to thank the staff who participated, as well as students Charlotte Whitehead and Ella Maltz, who received Stella Maris commendations for their contribution to the service.”