Pupils to commemorate lives of Holocaust victims

Pupils paid tribute to the millions of people killed in genocides during a special ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The young pupils joined hundreds of others at the City of Preston’s annual Holocaust commemoration event which was held at the Church of St George the Martyr on  January 27. The Year Four children recited touching poems which they had written in honour of the victims. The poems focused on the theme of standing together to counter prejudice and discrimination and pupils made their own interpretations of what this might mean.

Parveen Yusuf, Principal of The Olive School, Preston praised her pupils for their work and the effort they had made to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. She said:

“Our pupils have worked very hard on their poems and I am very proud of how well they presented their work. As a school, we understand the importance of spreading messages that help to counter prejudice and discrimination. Our work to honour the victims of genocide is a very important part of that message. We hope that by remembering the victims and understanding how intolerance can spread, our pupils will continue to grow into compassionate individuals.”

Councillor Javed Iqbal JP, Deputy Mayor of Preston, also attended the sombre event. He said:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is about remembering the victims and those whose lives have been changed beyond recognition of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides which have occurred since. It provides us with an opportunity to honour the survivors but it’s also a chance to look to our own lives and communities today. Genocide doesn’t happen overnight, it is a gradual process which begins when the differences between us are not celebrated but used as a reason to exclude or marginalise.  By learning from the lessons of the past, we can create a safer, better future.”

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