Don't Stand By is the Holocaust Day theme - The Worcester Observer

Don't Stand By is the Holocaust Day theme

Worcester Editorial 27th Jan, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

STUDENTS from Worcester will join the city’s Mayor in marking Holocaust Memorial Day to remember the millions of lives lost in genocides around the world.

The day of remembrance and reflection is held on January 27 of every year as on that date in 1945, Auschwitz, the Nazis most notorious death camp, was finally liberated.

Not only does the Memorial Day seek to remember the victims of the Nazis during the Second World War, but also those killed in genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Five students from Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College recently visited Auschwitz and will tell stories of their experiences at the Guildhall event today (Wednesday), organised by Worcester’s Mayor Coun Roger Knight.

Poems will be read by students Michael Foster and Jack Griffiths on more recent acts of genocide, while Will Parker and Seb Adams will perform their poem entitled ‘Don’t Stand by’ – the theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

Coun Roger Knight, Mayor of Worcester, said: “I felt it was important to make the city’s young people the central focus of this special event to remember the victims of Holocaust.

“Education and open discussion across the generations plays a crucial role in building the sort of determination and willpower needed to stop these horrific atrocities ever happening again.”

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