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Education Minister Joins Bangor Academy to Mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

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HMD-2017-webBangor Academy marked Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 with series of assemblies and a special webcast featuring Holocaust survivor, Marla Tribich’s experiences of Auschwitz and life after such trauma.

Education Minister, Peter Weir joined the Academy’s Sixth Form History pupils for the webcast, part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s theme for 2017, ‘How can life go on?’ Minister Weir said:

“History is an essential part of the school curriculum in Northern Ireland and it is important that we remember events such as the Holocaust and learn from them.  We must ensure our young people have an understanding of what went on and that they see where hatred, prejudice and intolerance can ultimately lead.” 

The events came in the same week Minister Weir announced that Northern Ireland is to get funding to enable the Holocaust Educational Trust to include Northern Ireland in its ‘Lessons From Auschwitz’ Project. The Academy’s Head girl, Crystal Ashworth was at North Down Museum to hear the Minister’s announcement about the new funding. This will enable post 16 students to join counterparts from Scotland, England and Wales to visit Auschwitz with the HET. 

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:

“We are delighted that we will now be able to bring the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ Project to students in Northern Ireland. Thanks to this funding young people across Northern Ireland will have a life changing opportunity - alongside students from the rest of the UK.

“The Holocaust was the darkest episode in our shared history – the systematic, industrialised murder of six million people just because they were Jewish. As the young people who participate visit the notorious concentration and death camp, they become witnesses to the place that symbolises the depths of man’s inhumanity to man. Not only will they be tasked with the responsibility to remember, but also with the responsibility to consider how they, the next generation, can make a positive difference. We are looking forward to getting started!”

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