Pupils join together to honour Holocaust victims

Pupils from two Hackney schools sang together in a moving tribute to the millions of people across the world who have been murdered by genocide.

Young pupils from The Olive School, Hackney and Simon Marks Jewish School, sang as part of a special commemorative event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.  Together, the two schools sang the song, “Stand Together”, by Faith Rivera and Harold Payne.

The event, which took place at Hackney Town Hall on January 27, is held each year to commemorate the six million Jews and others who were murdered as a result of Nazi persecution, alongside the millions of people killed in genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The ceremony will also include readings and personal recollections from a Holocaust survivor, Mr Harry Olmer.

This is the latest collaboration between the two schools which have already forged a close partnership as members of the Three Faiths Forum, a charity which helps religious organisations to build relationships.

Caterina Park, Principal of The Olive School, Hackney, said that Holocaust Memorial Day formed an important part of the school’s calendar.  She said:

“We think it is absolutely vital that we teach our pupils about the Holocaust. It is only by remembering these events that we can make sure that they never happen again. Our pupils gain so much from the friendships they forge working alongside the pupils at Simon Marks Jewish School and we are grateful to the staff and pupils at this school for continuing to support this collaboration. We have been humbled by the way pupils from both schools worked so hard to perfect their performance and we would like to say a special thank you to all the pupils, staff and parents who have helped us to honour victims of genocide.”

This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp.

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