Staff and students at Yorkshire Coast College took the time to commemorate Holocaust Memorial day earlier today, in what is becoming a traditional event at the college.
Scarborough Mayor, Councillor Pat Marsburg, and keynote speaker Mary Birch – Project Coordinator for OLGA (Older Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Association), joined the college in the commemoration activities. Learners heard how many communities and groups were effected by the Holocaust alongside the Jews such as Homosexuals, Roma Gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the disabled, and how prisoners of the concentration camps were labelled with coloured triangles to identify their ‘crimes’.
Not only does Tuesday 27th January 2015 mark Holocaust Memorial Day, but also the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a network of German Nazi concentration and extermination camps, built in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II.
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is ‘keeping the memory alive’. Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator for the Grimsby Institute Group said:
“Holocausts have happened in many countries since WWII, for example 2015 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. It is therefore particularly appropriate that the theme for this year’s anniversary should focus on ‘memory’.”
David Berger, victim of the Holocaust of WWII wrote the following before being murdered by Nazis in 1941
‘If something happens, I would want there to be somebody who would remember that someone named D. Berger had once lived. This will make things easier for me in the difficult moments.’
“It is important for our learners to mark Holocaust Memorial day and we encourage them to think long and hard about how Holocausts can be prevented from happening in the future through valuing difference and advancing equality.“
Yorkshire Coast College HNC and Level 3 Performing Arts Learners also impressed at the event with their own rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water and monologues based on the experiences of Holocaust survivors.