75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

This week we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the day that we come together to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Our Holocaust Education takes many forms at Tring Park.  Sarah Bell RS and PSHE Coordinator says " I am so sad that I have to teach about such atrocities and place before my pupils some shocking events. However my commitment to teaching this is utterly rock solid because it is, via education, that we are trying to ensure that these events are not forgotten. Furthermore, if it helps just one pupil be more tolerant, more thoughtful and more ardently against racism, prejudice and discrimination, then I have done by job" 

We have Holocaust Memorial Day Ambassdors in the current U6th who went on the Lesson From Auschwitz course, with the Head of History. This included a visit to the Auswchwitz concentration camp and seminars in London. They presented their experiences to their peers in several student assemblies. 

We take the Third Form (Year 9) to the Holocaust galleries of the Imperial War Museum as it is part of our RS/ PSHE and History curriculum.  

In the past 17 years we have been able to invite  Holocaust survivors to visit the school to speak to our community on 4 occasions.  Many wrote books that are in our library. 

Our Third Form students  (Year 9) cover the rise of the Nazi party, the persecution of the Jewish, and other minority communities, in Germany during the 1930's and 40's, and the Holocaust as part of their history curriculum in the Spring term. The RS curriculum focuses on the prejudice and discriminatory life of Nazi ideology, as well as the experiences of those who opposed the regime, especially Christians like Corrie Ten Boom.

Prior to Third Form, we send home a "Holocaust and allied issues" reading list which contains a selection of memoirs, biographies and fictional material based on the experiences of those who lived though the Holocaust to all Second students in preparation. 

Each year we ensure that these matters are covered in assemblies across the whole school during HMD week. Quoted in assembly was the famous confessional poem from 1946 by  Pastor  Niemöller.

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out‚Äč
Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me