Remembering the Holocaust
By Sarah and Charlie Yr10
Rushcliffe's Hands for Peace project remembers not just the tragedy of the holocaust but the individual lives that were lost during the genocide. The main objective for the memorial is to raise awareness of the holocaust and the impact racism has not just on society but also on the world.
People often hear about statistics of the holocaust, for example the murder of 6 million Jews, however many people nowadays fail to understand the reality that every number is actually a person with a story.
From Rushcliffe two students got the opportunity to visit Auschwitz and Chloe Worts shared her experiences "Although we were aware of the events during the holocaust, going to Auschwitz emphasized the scale of horror, the total loss of individuality of the victims and the normalization of evil."
Simon Winston, a holocaust survivor, explained to the Year 11's that even though this is an amazing world that is full of humans of different race, colour, beliefs and lifestyles, we still allow one person to discriminate against others and create inequality within society. The project that Simon closely works with 'Lessons from Auschwitz' tries to prevent the scale of murder and inequality from repeating however genocide sadly still occur in our modern day world.
Chloe explains what the memorial represents: "Our wall is inspired by the artist, Piet Mondrian, who used primary colours and geometric lines to create his paintings. We used this linear structure to represent the barracks in an ariel view of Auschwitz, but also to symbolize the train lines coming from all different directions and bring people from different parts of the world to Auschwitz."
The Hands for Peace project symbolizes the importance of individuality and spreads this important message throughout the school.