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Students lay roses in tribute to victims of the Holocaust

Holocaust Memorial Day was marked in College by students Megan Wren and Rehab Hussain who organised a tribute for the six million Jewish people who were persecuted and murdered more than 70 years ago.

The two history students set up a table and tape on the floor to represent railway tracks. They gave out information about the atrocities of the Holocaust and asked students and staff to lay a rose on the tracks in remembrance of those who suffered.

They had recently been selected as ambassadors for the Holocaust Educational Trust because of outstanding work they produced for their History A Level. As ambassadors, they took part in the Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project, visiting Poland where they examined pre-war Jewish life and were given a harrowing and emotional talk by a Holocaust survivor. They were also taken to the former Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz.

Rehab, who attended Sydney Russell School, said: “We learnt and experienced so much on the trip and we wanted to get the same experience across to the people in our College. We were inspired by what we heard and saw and wanted our tribute to be simple but memorable.”

Megan, formerly of The Brittons Academy, added: “As the theme this year is 'Torn from Home’ the tape we laid on the floor represented railway tracks and the horrible journeys that millions of Jewish people and other minorities had to make. We also attached some of their testimonies to the tracks and asked students and staff to lay a rose in remembrance.”

Students and staff, including History tutor Penny Jackson and Deputy Principal Paul Nutter gave great support to the girls.

Paul said: “Rehab and Megan’s tribute enlightened everyone about the Holocaust and has helped to make sure that the people who lost their lives will never be forgotten.”


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