Holocaust Memorial Day isn't until the 27th January, but this work on this is likely to take us a couple of weeks, so we started doing this yesterday.
We first discussed what the Holocaust was and the people that were affected by it. The boys were amazed at the number of Jews that were killed at this time. They have done their own pie chart to show the proportion of Jews exterminated during this period.
They also watched the video, Purple Triangles that examined what happened to one family of Jehovah's Witnesses in Nazi Germany.
We then discussed what genocide was in preparation for today's discussion. The genocides discussed were Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda.
The lesson learned from these were that all are based on hate, intolerance and prejudice and can all be manifest even in small ways.
In the coming days we will be discussing case studies of children that lived through these experiences and thinking about what we would have done in similar situations.
It is certainly sobering to consider that each of us could have been put to death either for our religious beliefs, our age, sex or the fact that we wear glasses!
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