Holocaust survivors share experiences with students at memorial event attended by Chairman

The Chairman of Watford Borough Council, Councillor Jagtar Singh Dhindsa, will meet students and survivors at the event tomorrow.

On Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February pupils from Watford Boys’ Grammar, Barclay School (Stevenage), Queenswood School (Hatfield), Hemel Hempstead School and Abbotts Hill School (Hemel Hempstead), along with Watford’s West Herts College, will mark Holocaust Memorial Day at an event hosted by Watford Synagogue.

Students in years 9 to 13 will first have the rare opportunity to hear moving testimony from a Holocaust survivor and participate in an educational workshop relating historical facts about the Holocaust to contemporary issues. Both sessions will conclude with closing reflections from Watford Synagogue’s Rabbi Ephraim Levine and the lighting of a memorial candle.

The events are part of a bigger programme of Holocaust Memorial Day activities involving 3,000 pupils representing more than 50 schools across Hertfordshire, the London Borough of Harrow and the London Borough of Hillingdon. It aims to educate students about the Nazi atrocities, make a connection between the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and invite students to consider their personal responsibility to promote tolerance in today’s world.

Date

Speaker AM*

9.15am to 12.10pm

Speaker PM*

12.30pm to 3.30pm

Monday 6 February

Holocaust survivor

Eve Kugler

Holocaust survivor

Harry Olmer

Tuesday 7 February

Holocaust survivor

Sabina Miller

Holocaust survivor

Freda Wineman

More than 28,000 students to date have had the benefit of attending these HMD events since the programme’s inception 15 years ago. The workshops, run by trained facilitators, enable students to form a valuable link between the historical facts about the Holocaust and its impact on contemporary issues such as racism, discrimination, bullying, persecution and citizenship. They learn how, as individuals and as part of a wider group, they can make a difference and become ‘agents for change’. Each three-hour session is free of charge, non-denominational and has no religious content.

Speaker biographies for the Holocaust survivors can be found online. Any secondary school or college wishing to register their interest in taking part in a Holocaust Memorial Day event should email secretary@watfordsynagogue.org.uk

Cllr Jackie Connal, Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke, Chairman of Watford Borough Council, Cllr Jagtar Singh Dhindsa, and Watford Synagogue’s Rabbi Levine (from left to right)