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Holocaust Memorial Day




Over 100 visitors, including representatives from Forums representing Salford’s Black and Minority Ethnic, Interfaith, LGBT, Refugee and Asylum Seeker and Disability communities as well as members of the East Salford Community Committee and the Rwandan community, joined staff and students from The Albion Academy and other Salford schools to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day at a civic evening event on Wednesday 28th January.

The event was designed to remember the millions murdered in the Holocaust under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Through events like these, we honour the survivors of these atrocities and learn the lesson of their experiences to challenge hatred and discrimination in the UK today.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. In Salford, communities joined together to play a vital part in helping others living here now gain a greater understanding of their own history and the heritage of their neighbours.

Mrs Jenny Langley, Principal at The Albion Academy, stated:

“Hosting this commemorative event is a great honour for The Albion Academy and one we felt very privileged to perform. As part of the event, our students have worked with local artist, Chava Rosenzweig, to produce a series of interfaith artefacts exploring themes related to the Holocaust.”

An opening address by City Director of Salford, Jim Taylor, was followed by a series of tributes including Music screened by Mordechai Ben David and Avrom Fried, accompanied by poetry composed by Shmuli and Gila Ciffer. The Wessel Ensemble (BBC Philharmonic) performed works by Aaron Copland and David Zehavi. The guest speaker, Mr Chaim Ferster, a Holocaust survivor, spoke eloquently and movingly about his experience.

Mrs Jo Egerton, Vice Principal of The Albion Academy said, “It’s really important that people learn from the voices of others to ensure the lessons from the holocaust are passed onto the next generation as we learn lessons from the past to create a safer, better future. We must learn from people like Mr Ferster and consider our responsibilities for using and transmitting those memories.”

For further information, please contact Mrs J Langley or Mrs W Rafferty Clark, Assistant Principal on 0161 359 5100