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For the last couple of weeks S2 pupils have been learning about the Holocaust during World War II and why we should never forget about it.
We learned about the Ghettos. There were several different types of ghettos. There were the open ghettos, closed ghettos, work, and transit and destruction ghettos. The main type of ghetto was cramped and full of people. Families would share rooms, kitchens, toilets and a whole family would have to share one room.
Sometimes people would be moved from the ghettos to a concentration camp. They were put into a cattle cart with only the food they brought with them and a bucket to go to the toilet. Most of them would starve as the journey could last for up to a week, some people believe that they were the lucky ones and the trains were nothing compared to what awaited at their destination.
When the train arrived at the camp everyone was to write their name on their bag. Two lines of Men and Women were formed. They would have their heads shaved and given striped pyjamas to wear by the Nazi Officers. Children and the elderly where taken away and executed. The only food that you would get was a cup of black coffee in the morning, soup for lunch and a lump of bread that was meant to last for dinner and breakfast. At work camps you would work every day and not get paid. If someone was to escape ten of their family members would be killed. If they had no family then ten random people would be killed. More than six million Jews were killed in this time.
Only some people survived the Holocaust and their names can be found on the internet today. However as they are getting old they won’t be around for much longer which is why S2 are being educated about the Holocaust so that we don’t forget. We need to pass this information on so that no one forgets and that something like this can be prevented from happening in the future.
Each S2 pupil did some research to find the name of either a survivor or a victim of the Holocaust and we wrote these names on a yellow star – just like the ones the Jews had to wear for identification. We put these stars up on a display so that we could remember that even though millions died each one had a name. Charlie Eaves, 2L1