Mrs Mawer gave an illustrated talk at lunchtime on Thursday on the topic “The French Holocaust : time for France to come clean?”
She talked about the role of the French in implementing Nazi policy, discussing the Drancy internment camp and the Vel d’Hiv roundup, stressing the need for all of us to be vigilant to ensure such dark days are not repeated.
Two year 13 students – Esther and Amina – spoke about how their A Level French studies have given them an insight into this period by reading Joffo’s “Un Sac de Billes” and watching “Au Revoir Les Enfants”.
This was the first in a series of four talks which will run over the next few weeks to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
We have also prepared a booklet listing fiction and non-fiction titles relating to the Jewish Holocaust. This can be viewed and downloaded from the Library pages of the intranet and hard copies are available in the Library.
Mr Keable-Elliott gave the second in our series of Holocaust talks at lunchtime on Thursday.
Entitled: “Holocaust, never again?” Mr Keable-Elliott spoke about the wider topic of genocide, which he defined as:
“The systematic and widespread extermination or attempted extermination of an entire national, racial, religious, ethnic or other group.’
He gave examples of genocides which have taken place throughout history including the 1862 massacre of Sioux Indians in the USA and the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered.
Mr Keable-Elliott also referred to the 26,000 Boer women and children who died between 1900 and 1901 in the concentration camps set up by the British during the second Boer War.
He went on to outline the eight stages of genocide defined by “Genocide Watch” – the international alliance to end genocide - and explained how we can all play a part to prevent further atrocities by challenging stereotypes and treating everyone as an individual. He ended by quoting Edmund Burke who said that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”