To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, Derby City Council took a delegation of students to The National Holocaust Centre.

The National Holocaust Centre is the first and only place of its kind in the UK. Dedicated to Holocaust remembrance and education and located near Newark in Nottinghamshire.

The students learnt about the Holocaust and the events leading up to it and discussed how genocides are still taking place in the world today. Students considered how we can stop divisions within our own communities. The students were guided through the day by Dr Manny Barot and Director of Studies at the Holocaust Centre, Karen Becher.

One of the most interesting parts of the day was hearing the testimony of Holocaust survivor Eve Kugler (pictured with Dr Barot) . Eve and her family were forced to leave Germany by various different means and were all miraculously reunited in America many years later.

Cllr Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Communities, Neighbourhoods and Streetpride, said:

“It’s so important that we continue to learn and educate young people about the atrocities that have happened in the past and that that are still happening across the world.”

Lindsey Maidstone, Counter Extremism Community Coordinator at Derby City Council, added:

“We can all still learn so much from the tragic events of the Holocaust. The students were able to see correlations between the divisions and hatred seen in wartime Germany and some of the divisions in our communities today. They were aghast to discover that more than 50 genocides have taken place since the Holocaust despite assurances at the time that it would never happen again.”

A student from Leesbrook School, said:

“We can stop divisions and hatred in our own communities by taking the time to get to know and understand people and their cultures before judging them.”

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27th January each year and is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.