UWCSEA Dover commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday, 28 January, to remember the victims, survivors and rescuers of the Holocaust that occurred in World War II. The Holocaust resulted in the deaths of 17 million people, including 6 million Jewish people, by the Nazi regime.
At the event, students shared powerful stories by survivors and watched 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', a film relating the horror of a Nazi extermination camp through the eyes of two 8-year-old boys.
In a speech at the event, Grade 11 student Mia Feldheim, one of the event organisers, shared: "These stories were not presented to make you feel sad or sorry. These genocides continue to happen today, for instance in Cambodia, Myanmar and Armenia. It was important for me to continue this tradition of Holocaust Memorial Day and bring it to the awareness of parents, teachers and students, not only because it's close to me personally as a Jew, but to encourage us all to never forget so that it never happens again."
"We are all so privileged to live in a place like Singapore where we see little anti-semitism occur, and to get to attend school like UWCSEA that promotes values of respect. Yet how many of us have witnessed bullying and hatred and still do nothing? The Holocaust is a terrible reminder of happens when people are bystanders. So for the sake of all those who perished in World War II, and so many attacks after, let's make a pledge to say ‘No’ to ignorance and hatred."
It was a meaningful event, and some students shared afterwards how it was the first time they were meaningfully exposed to first-hand stories by survivors.
Thank you to everyone who participated for remembering and learning from this world-changing tragedy. May we continue to make education a force for peace.