Students make ‘Never again’ again pledges for Holocaust Memorial Day

Never Again - Holocaust Memorial

Chesterfield College hosted a moving and emotional Holocaust Memorial Day event yesterday to mark the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. After hearing Bernard Grunberg’s moving story about his escape from Nazi Germany when he was just 15, a packed room full of students, staff and members of the local community made ‘Never again’ pledges. The pledges were hung on a tree created by students at the college and will be on display in the Heart Space of the Infirmary Road campus for a week.

The event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council’s Equality and Diversity Forum with the Derbyshire Law Centre, Derbyshire Constabulary and Chesterfield College, was designed to honour the memory of holocaust victims and to think about ways everyone can work together to prevent genocide.

Bernard shared his emotional memories of what it was like to live in Germany as a Jew before the second world-war. He described how he was selected to leave the country and put onto a train, leaving his parents and sister behind who he would never see again. He told the audience that education was the key to preventing atrocities of this nature.

Stuart Allen, Head of Learning for Health, Wellbeing and Society said “I am really proud that we have been a part of this very important memorial. Hearing from Bernard was a fantastic opportunity to bring history to life for everyone. I know that the history, health and social care and public service students here today have had an inspiring and moving learning experience that they will remember for a long time. They will also be able to share the messages they heard today with other students as part of their course”

Councillor Sharon Blank, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for customers and communities said “Each year we mark Holocaust Memorial Day because it is important for future generations to understand the horrors that happened then.”