Holocaust Memorial Day 2
To raise awareness of the events which have lead
to a Holocaust Memorial Day being celebrated
Leading up to 27th January
P: Welcome to Kingfishers assembly. We are
going to talk about the Holocaust, which took place during the Second
World War. The Holocaust was the mass killing of people who did not
follow or agree with Hitler and the Nazis' beliefs. They may have been
a different religion, race or physically different in some way or just
old. Hitler believed because people are different they can be
considered inferior to others. The British Holocaust Memorial Day is a
recent event. Our modern civilisation is founded upon the belief that
all men are created equal and that goodness will eventually triumph
against evil. Nothing before or since has had such a dreadful impact on
our society as the Holocaust. It will always be a reminder that evil
can triumph if good men and women stand by and allow it to happen.
P: The British government along with other
organisations has drawn up a statement of commitment to ensure
something so terrible never takes place again. We will now share this
Statement of Commitment.
1. We recognise that the Holocaust shook
the minds of modern times, its present character and horror will always
hold true meaning.
2. We believe the Holocaust must have a
permanent place in our nation's shared memory. We honour the survivors
still with us, and reaffirm our shared goals of mutual understanding
and justice. We must make sure that future generations understand the
causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences.
3. We vow to remember the victims of Nazi
persecution and of all genocide.
4. We value the sacrifices of those who
have risked their lives to protect or rescue victims as a touchstone of
the human capacity for good in the face of evil.
5. We know that some people still believe
that race, religion or disability makes some people's lives worth less
than others. We are all God's children and all valued equally. We have
a responsibility to educate these people to value all people equally.
6. We pledge to strengthen our efforts to
promote education and research about the Holocaust and other genocides.
We will do our utmost to make sure that the lessons of such events are
7. We will continue to encourage Holocaust
remembrance by holding an annual UK Holocaust Memorial Day. We condemn
the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism. We value a free,
tolerant and democratic society.
P: Jewish Children in Germany felt the
impact of the Nazis beliefs before the Second World War started. Jewish
people were forced to carry identity cards and wear a yellow star on
P: Jewish children were not allowed to
attend the same schools as non-Jews and eventually they were not
allowed to attend school at all.
P: Immediately after Hitler and the Nazis
came to power in 1933, associations were established in Britain and
other countries to help refugees. They were made up of both Christian
and Jewish organisations.
P: Between 1938 and 1945 Britain offered a
home to children from countries under German power. Over 10,000
children were brought to Britain on trains called the
'Kindertransports', the children's transports. Kinder is the German
word for Children.
(Tableau showing children leaving)
P: The children were aged from toddlers to
teenagers. Many believed they would see their parents again. When the
war was over and the horrific events of the Holocaust were discovered
it was clear that many of these children would never see their families
P: Imagine how it would feel to have to go
and live in a strange country where you did not speak the language and
never seeing any members of your family again.
P: This is why we all have a
responsibility to make sure that we play our part in being a good
member of the community to which we belong.
P: Sometimes it can be easier to ignore
what is happening around us and do nothing when we are confronted with
P: Many individuals did stand up and help
Jews during the Second World War. It was very frightening for these
people and if they were found out they would have been imprisoned or
killed as well.
P: Over 14,000 non-Jews have been awarded
the title 'Righteous Among the Nations' for their attempts to rescue
Jews during the Holocaust.
P: The story of Oskar Schindler the
industrialist who rescued over 1000 Jews by providing work in his
factory, is well known and Steven Spielberg has made the film
'Schindler's List', but many other people managed to save just one or
two Jews by helping them to hide from the Nazis. These people show us
that even in the middle of great danger and evil, good can still work
for a better world.
P: Next time you see someone who needs
help, don't turn your back, walk away and ignore the situation - tell
P: Pastor Niemoeller was a Protestant
Church man in Germany during the Nazi rule. He was imprisoned in 1937
for his opposition to the Nazis.
We will end this assembly today with his
words, he warned of what could happen if you do nothing when someone is
'First they came for the communists and I did not speak out because I
was not a communist.
Then they came for the Trade Unions and I did not speak out because I
was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.'
'Shalom my friend, shalom my friend
The peace of Christ I give you today