“We will continue to do our bit for as long as we can, secure in the knowledge that others will continue to light a candle long after us.”– Gena Turgel MBE, survivor of the Holocaust (1923-2018)
A little bit of History
Each year on the 27th of January we mark Holocaust Memorial Day, to remember:
• The six million Jewish people who were systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust
• The Nazis’ other victims who faced persecution and death at the hands of the
• The millions of men, women and children, who have been murdered in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur
The logo for Holocaust Memorial Day is a Memorial Flame. This symbolises our commitment to remember and honour those affected and murdered during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and the genocides that followed. To keep a flame burning you must tend to it, be vigilant and keep it burning. It is the same with our commitment to remembrance – we must keep learning, sharing and taking action so the memory of these events is kept alive for years to come.
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is 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.
Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking HMD. This theme asks us to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.
Nursery and Reception looked closely at the candles that were lit last year during the Holocaust Memorial service. Nursery decided to work together to create 1 big flame using their hands to print the elements of the flame. Reception used newspaper to represent the demolished buildings and oil pastels to colour the flames.