Monday 27 January marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and our students were honoured to mark this significant day.

Our Lo Quartet performed at a memorial service in the Council Chamber at Croydon Town Hall, which was attended by the Mayor of Croydon, local faith leaders, Councillors and other local schools.

Councillor Hamida Ali said: “Your pupils played beautifully and it was very poignant to also have them play on the staircase at the end of the candle lighting event with their piece. It is very important that young residents of the borough are able to take part in events like this and help pass on the message of peace and tolerance”.

Our Third Year RS students watched a live webinar organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust with Susan Pollack, OBE. Susan survived her time in Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps during World War II and spoke live on the horrors she experienced.

Most moving were her comments on how she got through by looking up at the sky and knowing that there could be a whole other world waiting for her. She also spoke about the importance of tolerance in our society and counselled her audience to learn about genocide as a warning to guard against future atrocity.

The day was a day for everyone to remember the millions of people who were killed, or whose lives have been forever changed, by the Holocaust.

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