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Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day

Posted on: 19/01/2018

As part of the RE drop down day students will be remembering the holocaust and participate in Janine Webbers story via webcast on January 26th. Mr Cohen has said "Janine Weber's story is remarkable - she was one of the remaining UK Holocaust survivors to be honoured in the New Year's Honours List."


It's one week until you can mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 by listening to a survivor share their story live.

Janine Webber BEM will be delivering her testimony on Friday 26th January at 10am. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions in a live Q&A and reflect on the importance of remembering the Holocaust. 

Janine has explained why she thinks you should tune in to hear her story.

"Fifty five years after the war with the encouragement of my family I was able to tell my story. I now go to schools, universities, churches and synagogues to speak about the tragedy of the war and the death of most members of my family.

It is very important to tell people what happened. I owe it to my family and to the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered. We must not forget the innocent people who were killed.

This year the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day is the power of words. Speaking about this tragic period is not always easy. Quite often I feel emotional and pained remembering the sad past. However, I believe words have the power to change people. There is so much hatred in our world, so much prejudice and racism. I hope that by sharing my story, I might contribute to a more peaceful and tolerant world.

I hope you will tune in."

Mr Cohen will be representing Whitefield School at the Mayor of Barnet's Holocaust event on Sunday 28th January 

(Link here if you wish to attend this free event: Barnet HMD event 2018

Not only is this taking place but we have year 9 RE groups and some 6th Formers going to Finchley Reform Synagogue in 2 weeks time as part of our annual visit in connection with Holocaust Memorial Day.

As well as those events we are involving all of year 8 in the "Stories from Willesden Lane" project. 

All students will be given a free copy of the book telling the story of a Holocaust survivor, Lisa Jura who lived not far from the school.

They will also have a free visit to a one-woman play in London during May.