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Remembering the Holocaust

3rd February 21

Candles for Holocaust Memorial Day

On 27 January our Upper School students watched this beautiful online Callover created by our Drama and Music Departments featuring moving readings and a piano recital.

As a community we strive to embody the theme of this year’s remembrance day: Be the light in the darkness.

It encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

You can find more information around the Holocaust and the many ways Holocaust Memorial Day was marked on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website.

The piano player is Archie in Y13.

The first reading is Jacob S-M, Y11 reading from ‘The Last Testament of Israel Lichtensztajn’ – an activist involved with Oneg Shabbat, an underground group in the Warsaw Ghetto, which, at great risk, strove to record the realities of ghetto life. When deportations to the Treblinka extermination camp began in July 1942, Israel buried Oneg Shabbat’s archives in metal boxes. He included this last testament. Israel, his wife Gela and his daughter Margalit died during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943.

The second reading is Evie B, Y13 reading ‘The Little Smuggler’ by Henryka Łazowertówna who was murdered at Treblinka extermination camp in 1942.

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