Ilkeston pupils remember Holocaust victims

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Students and staff at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy took part in a series of moving events to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

Two special acts of worship were held, one by a member of staff who had been to Auschwitz and another during which students heard about survivors’ stories and watched a short film about tolerance.

Year eight students created a display from a suitcase, shoes, glasses and victims’ names written on pieces of paper.

On Holocaust Memorial Day the whole school observed a two minute silence while staff members held up pictures of Holocaust victims.

Peter McNally, assistant head teacher at Saint John Houghton, in Kirk Hallam, promoted tolerance among students.

He said: “Holocaust survivors were treated with hostility. They went back to their homes which had been occupied by other people and they were treated with resentment. There were outbreaks of anti-Jewish feeling all over Europe and few survivors received medical care or support.

“There’s genocide going on in Darfur in Sudan right now where many people are going through unimaginable suffering. We have to create a better community where we tolerate each other’s differences, respect them and each other.”

Student Marie Estanda, 13, said: “Hearing what people went through during the Holocaust makes me very grateful for my life. I am very lucky.”