On Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), Manchester youngsters learnt about the horrific atrocities suffered by Jewish people across Europe during World War II, along with other victims of subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Local high school pupils attended a special event to mark HMD on Friday 27 January 2017 at the Manchester arts centre HOME.
The event – organised by Manchester City Council and UK Jewish Film – included the screening of four short films exploring the human cost of genocide.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Carl Austin-Behan introduced the event which featured guest speaker, Kay Andrews an educational consultant specialising in the Holocaust and genocide, and Rachel Burns, UK Jewish Film’s Education Manager, who presented the films.
Each film reflected the theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day – ‘How can life go on?’
The theme asked audiences to think about what happens after Holocaust and of subsequent genocides and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crimes.
Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Carl Austin-Behan, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day ensures that the victims of the Holocaust and other atrocities are always remembered and educates the young people of Manchester about the terrible persecution victims were forced to endure.
“Despite the difficulty of contemplating and discussing one of the darkest parts of our history, these stories should never be forgotten. It is essential to learn valuable lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides so we can make sure a tragedy of this scale is never repeated. It’s vital that we promote the message of peace, respect and tolerance towards every member of our community”