Young people honour Holocaust victims

Date Released - 05/02/2018

Young people in Tameside paid their respects to Holocaust victims during a week of learning.

Tameside Council’s Youth Service held sessions with dozens of young people following Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday, January 27.

Not only did the project raise awareness of the horrors of Nazi persecution but it also focused on how we treat each other today.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 was “the power of words” and the young people discussed how they communicate.

They talked about how we all have a responsibility to think about the power of words, the impact these have on others and how they shape our views.

The discussions focused on how careful we need to be with words and how social media has opened up a whole world to young people today, with both positive and negative outcomes. Words can unite people to achieve positive goals but can also be used to whip up prejudice and to intimidate and harass people.

Holocaust Memorial Day was created for everyone to pause to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust and the millions of people killed in Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides. It gives a chance to honour the survivors and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. January 27 was chosen as it marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

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