College marks Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January 30/01/2020

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is the international day on 27th January to remember the six millions Jews murdered during the Holocaust. This year marked 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

“Stand together” was the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 and it focused on how people can oppose genocidal regimes by coming together to speak out against oppression. Stanmore College signed up to the Stand Together project of Remembrance to mark Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day.

Activities were undertaken at the College with a view to further raising awareness among the College community of how we can and should make our society a better place today, free from hatred, prejudice and discrimination. These included tutorial sessions, a large informative display at the entrance to the Oak building and Stanmore College students attended a screening of the film ‘The Book Thief’ in which a young orphan in World War II Germany finds solace from the horrors around her through books.

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After the Holocaust, the international community adopted a legal definition of the crime of ‘genocide’. They wanted to make sure that never again would the crimes of the Holocaust be allowed to happen.

Students were informed of more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur and they were given booklets supplied by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to take away with them to remember those who endured genocide, honour the survivors, learn about the past and help to make the future a safer place along with thousands of people worldwide.