Hull City

Academy Marks Holocaust Memorial Day

30 January 2019
Hull City Academy was proud to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 this weekend.

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27th January every year. The event is held in the United Kingdom to commemorate the day in 1945 that the Auschwitz concentration camp in modern-day Poland was liberated by Soviet soldiers, and subsequent genocides around the world including Cambodia, Rwanda and Darfur.

In the five years it had been open, an estimated 1.1 million people were killed at the concentration camp, around 90 per cent of whom were Jewish and the remainder were a mix of nationalities including Romany people, Soviets and Polish.

The date is also marked across the world by International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the genocide that resulted in the deaths of more than six million Jews, Romani, physically and mentally disabled and homosexual men at the hands of the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

Our Under-14s, Under-13s and Under-12s sides all took part in a minute’s silence before their games against Sheffield Wednesday at Bishop Burton College on Sunday to remember the victims, in particular the story of former Ajax player Eddy Hamel who was murdered at Auschwitz.

Reflecting on the day, Academy Head of Education Dean Jennings said: “The Holocaust was a period of history that we would never want repeated. It’s important for our young players to realise why we’re here and the voice we’re allowed to give because of the people who were sacrificed. Overall, it was a great educational experience for our players and it was fantastic to see how each and every one of them wanted to learn more on the subject because of the tributes which we paid at the weekend.”

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 was ‘Torn from Home’. Torn from home encourages audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. ‘Home’ usually means a place of safety, comfort and security.

As the event’s organisers explain: “It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the genocides.

“On Holocaust Memorial Day we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today.

“Holocaust Memorial Day is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented.

“We’re fortunate here in the UK – we are not at risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion.

“There is still much to do to create a safer future and Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to start this process.

“This is a real demonstration of how the lessons of the past can inform our lives today and ensure that everyone works together to create a safer, better future.”

For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day, please visit www.hmd.org.uk.

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