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Academy Assemby 23 January

This Friday, 27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). HMD is the day each year when we remember the six million Jewish people systematically persecuted and murdered by the Nazis and those who collaborated with the Nazis during the Holocaust. HMD is when we remember Roma and Sinti people, disabled people, gay people, political opponents and many others who faced persecution and death at the hands of the Nazis. HMD is when we remember the millions of men, women and children, who have been murdered since in genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Genocide is when a group of people are targeted for destruction just because of who they are, such as their race or their religion. Genocide does not happen out of the blue, it is the result of prejudice and persecution which sees a group progressively treated differently to the rest of society. On HMD, we are reminded of what can happen when prejudice and persecution are left unchallenged, and of our responsibilities to stand against these processes when we see them in our own communities. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 is - How can life go on? This theme asks us all to think about how people who have experienced the horror of genocide can start to rebuild their lives. How communities and countries can heal after genocide and what role we in the UK have towards individuals, communities and nations who have survived genocide. HMD is not only about commemorating past genocides and honouring those who died, but about standing with those who survive. What prejudice and persecution do we need to challenge? What hope can we bring?

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