5th Jun, 2020

Pupils ask for a better world at Bromsgrove's Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 event

Harry Leach 27th Jan, 2020 Updated: 28th Jan, 2020

BROMSGROVE school children shared ideas on how to build a more inclusive world at the town’s Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 event on Monday.

The packed-out service, led by Rev Ray Khan, also included a two minute silence, songs, prayers and a beautiful rendition of ‘The Last Post’ by teenager Jake Wingfield of Bromsgrove School.

This year’s event was held at Parkside on Market Street and marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

The theme for 2020 was ‘Stand Together’.

Pupils from North Bromsgrove High School, St John’s Middle School, Aston Fields Middle School, South Bromsgrove High School, Catshill Middle School and Parkside Middle School, to name a few, were tasked with researching the lives of people who took action against Genocide injustice.

They spoke about influential figures like Sir Nicholas Winton, Gad Beck and Kemal Pervanic and what they stood up for.

Afterwards the pupils spoke about their own ideas on how to make the world a better place to live.

One pupil from South Bromsgrove said: “Education from a young age is the key to accepting different cultures.”

Another pupil, from Catshill Middle School, said: “We need to come together, respect others and understand that even though everyone is different, we are all people.”

Captain Jeff Farnes, contingent commander of Bromsgrove School CCF, said: “It was a very moving, poignant service, conducted by many children from the local area, who really got why they were there and what could be done to prevent such an atrocity ever happening again.”

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