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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Year 6 participate in Holocaust Memorial Day

Year 6 took part in a Holocaust Memorial Day performance at the Rivoli Ballroom on Sunday 24 January.  Martyna from Year 6 wrote the following account of the day.

On Sunday 24th January our class went to perform at the Rivoli Ballroom.  This experience was truly fascinating.

"An actor called Mark Curtis from Small Nose Theatre came to our School to share his good friend's story.  The lady was called Liane Segal.  She was a kindertransport evacuee.  Mark ran a workshop with us and what we produced we performed at the Rivoli Ballroom.

"We arrived at the Rivoli at 12.15.  We did a run through of our production.  This was extremely exciting since some very important people were going to be there - like Liane herself, four holocaust evacuees, the Mayor and Cantor David Rome.

"At 2.30 the doors opened.  We sat where we were going to do our first performance - the train carriage.  We were all sitting patiently waiting to start.  Suddenly the audience started marching in.  I felt terribly nervous.  First in line was Liane.  We had started.  I learnt a lot from all this.  I learnt what it was like to be an evacuee, Liane's story, it really touched me. I would not want to be one of those children on the train.

"The theme for this production was 'Don't Stand By'.  I think this was a really good theme because it really grabbed me - how we should not let things just happen, but we should stand up and say our opinion, protect others.

"The other schools that were there were Gordonbrock, St.William of York, 2 children from Bonus Pastor and LESOCO College.

"Our other performance was on stage.  We showed everyone at the Rivoli about 'the train that never left'.  The Sir Nicholas Winton train that was sat in Berlin station when the war began.  'The train that never left' - it was devastating to hear that none of the children on that train survived.

"We did this performance to remember the Holocaust.  The world needs to remember what happened.  This should never happen again.  I learnt that one man's evil had such power to take away 6 million people's lives.  The purpose of this is to remember the effect the Holocaust had on humanity, and so it will never happen again."