Y7 Holocaust Memorial Day
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Monday, 27 January 2020
On Monday, 27 January 2020, a group of our Year 7 students attended Manchester’s Holocaust Memorial Day at the British Muslim Heritage Centre.
On Holocaust Memorial Day, we remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
At the event, there were screenings of three very powerful and moving short films about the Holocaust and a presentation about the partisans by facilitators from UK Jewish Film, Rachel Burns and Mike Levy.
The Year 7s participated in a workshop, with discussion and questions about the short films. Feedback was given in group sessions with Mike Levy asking and receiving questions about the Holocaust.
Mike Levy, historian and researcher, helped to publish ‘The 51st Brigade’ – an account of Jewish partisans fighting the Nazis in Eastern Poland (now Belarus). He has uncovered stories of amazing heroism including in 1943 the only known liberation of a Nazi-held ghetto by Jewish fighters who lived precarious lives in the forest. Here they made their home in bunkers, foraging food and desperately hiding from SS units who were seeking them out. Their families had been murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. One of the Jewish partisans, it turns out, was a long-lost cousin of Mike’s mother-in-law.
Rachel Burns is UK Jewish Film’s Education Manager. After graduating, she taught English and Media for over fifteen years in inner London schools before becoming Head of Education at the Holocaust Educational Trust. After a career break to have children, Rachel joined Film Education in 2009 as Secondary Education Advisor, and is now UK Jewish Film’s Education Manager developing a range of highly acclaimed education projects.