HOLOCAUST Memorial Day was marked in Warwick district with poetry, art and more school projects than ever.
At a special open air service of remembrance at the Warwick War Memorial on Friday (January 27) pupils from King’s High, Myton School, Warwick School, Aylesford School, All Saints School and Coten End School read poems or gave readings.
They were joined by the MP for Warwick and Leamington Matt Western, the Mayor of Warwick Coun Parminder Singh Birdi, civic leaders from the wider area, and community groups, for the act of remembrance which has been a town tradition for over 20 years.
Organiser, Dave Sternberg said: “It is important that we never forget the Holocaust and other genocides such as those in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia and Darfur. A vital part of this remembering is to talk 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 in ensuring we are always respectful and kind to others.”
Other events marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz were a talk at King’s High School by Jane Curzon, the daughter of Stella Curzon who managed to escape the Nazis in Vienna as a child to be taken in by three women in England.
Coten End School had a special year six assembly with a visiting speaker on the ‘Kindertransport’.
Leamington Music was also much involved in this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day with a concert at the Royal Pump Rooms featuring Czech composers and a talk about Terezin at Leamington Art Gallery.