Holocaust Memorial Day was marked in the Senior School by a thought provoking assembly on Wednesday 27th January.
In the afternoon, three Sixth Formers together with Mrs Stone attended a moving ceremony at Bournemouth Town Hall. The theme of this year's day was "Don't Stand By" and readings in the morning assembly and in the Council Chamber meeting explained and reflected on this. The Lord Lieutenant of Dorset was present at the Bournemouth event along with the Mayor of Bournemouth.
The Holocaust and subsequent genocides took place because the local populations allowed insidious persecution to take root. Whilst some actively supported or facilitated state policies of persecution, the vast majority stood by silently – at best, afraid to speak out; at worst, indifferent. Bystanders enabled the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides.
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has written powerfully about the impact of bystanders:
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.