Schoolchildren to Mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Warwick and the surrounding districts will be marking Holocaust Memorial Day at an event on Friday 26th January with poetry, readings, and more in-school projects than ever before.

This is the day before the national event on Saturday 27th January, so that local school children can be fully involved. The Friday event will be a special short service of remembrance led by the Mayor of Warwick and others at the Warwick War Memorial in Church Street at 11.30am.

A pupil from King’s High will read a poem that she has written herself addressing this year’s theme which is ‘The Fragility of Freedom’. Henrietta Jefferies is in the sixth form at Kings High School. There will be more readings by pupils from Myton School and Warwick School. Aylesford School pupils will talk about their involvement in the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Children from other Warwick schools including Coten End School, Budbrooke and Evergreen school will coming to the street event in the morning, joining the MP for Warwick and Leamington, Matt Western, the Mayor of Warwick, Cllr. Oliver Jacques, and other civic leaders from the wider area for the short act of remembrance.

Organiser, Dave Sternberg said, “We are proud that this annual Warwick event has continuing strong support from the local primary and secondary schools. It is important that we remember and learn from the terrible events of the past, and never forget the Holocaust and other genocides of the past century. We mark and remember genocides such as those in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia and Darfur. Talking to the younger generations about the horrors of the past and the terrible things we humans can do to each other if we are not vigilant helps to ensure that we are always respectful and kind to others.”

Other events marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz will be a talks and assemblies in the schools. Several primary schools are due to have a special Year Six assembly with a visiting speaker on the ‘Kindertransport’, which was when the UK managed to get 10,000 Jewish children out of Germany and Austria just before the outbreak of war. This amazing story is the subject of the film “One Day” which is currently showing in local cinemas.

At the Visitor Centre in the Warwick Court House, there will be a small exhibition to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in the days before the ceremony.


For more information about the service, photos and the various school projects, contact Dave Sternberg.