Treat everyone you meet with dignity and respect so that the Holocaust’s horrors against humanity are never allowed to happen again. This is the message Theodor Herzl High School pupils received at a special Holocaust Remembrance ceremony, marked in April annually by Israel and other Jewish communities.
Pupils lit six large and many tealight candles in tribute to the six million men, women and children who died in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. In Israel, the sound of a siren stops traffic and pedestrians for two minutes of silent devotion on ‘Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah’ (translated from the Hebrew as Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day). The day was set on the Hebrew calendar in 1951, as it marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. In 2005 the United Nations designated 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Respect and integrity are this year’s major ethical themes being actively applied to academic, cultural and sporting activities at Theodor Herzl High, Primary and Pre-Primary Schools. Campus Head Stephen Fay said the ceremony was also an opportunity to reinforce the importance of these values and contribute to the pupils’ development as responsible, caring citizens.
‘Holocaust’ is a word of Greek origin meaning ‘sacrifice by fire’. More than 1.5 million Jewish children and tens of thousands of other youths died under Nazi tyranny.
Article source: http://mype.co.za/new/2012/04/remembering-the-holocaust/