Exhibition raises awareness ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day

Students were recently given the opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust and genocides in an exhibition held at Truro and Penwith College to mark the nationwide Holocaust Memorial Day.

Paper people hanging from a clothes line with pegs with students' ideas of how we can be better as people

The exhibition, which was organised by the College’s Faith and Reflection Team, followed two themes: The Ten Stages of Genocide and Torn from Home.

The stages of genocide exhibit gave the students an opportunity to discuss whether any of the stages were present in modern day societies as well as linking to historical genocides such as those in Rwanda, Cambodia and Darfur.

The exhibition also invited students to reflect on what home meant to them, as well as responding to two stories of people being torn from their homes during the Holocaust in Germany and genocide in Cambodia. They did this by writing postcards that will be sent to The Holocaust Memorial Trust as recognition of the stories being read as well as sharing questions and responses that arose from the stories.

The exhibition ended with students identifying the positive and peaceful privileges we benefit from in society and hopes for the future.

“We feel it is important that young people are aware of the Holocaust and genocides not just because they are historical events but because some aspects of genocide can arise in all societies.  Better awareness and education can improve young people's understanding and therefore their ability to combat divisions in our own society,” said Elly Sheard and Victoria Hocking, Faith and Reflection at Truro College.

A student using a chair to write on a sticker with what home means to her