St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School was represented by Mr Curran and the four House captains from Year 6 at the Holocaust Memorial Day 2019. The memorial ceremony was held at the Captains Club, before a wreath was laid at the Holocaust Memorial on Christchurch Quay.
Reverend Canon Charles Stewart, from the Christchurch Priory, alongside Rabbi Michaels from the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation led the memorial ceremony. The ceremony was attended by local residents and school children from our school as well as, Christchurch Priory School, Christchurch Junior School, Highcliffe St Mark School and Burton Primary School.
This year’s theme- “Torn from Home” was marked with a series of moving speeches by local residents whose families were affected by the Holocaust.
One story came from Ben Thomas, who spoke about his mother, Gisela Freiberg-Thomas. She was forced to flee from Nazi occupied Germany. He shared the experience of young Jewish people living in Germany and told the story of his mother’s escape from Germany. She was fortunate to escape and eventually found refuge in England, where her family eventually settled in Mudeford.
Wreaths were laid by people including Lesley Dedman, Mayor of Christchurch, Ben Thomas, on behalf of his mother Gisela Freiberg-Thomas,
The Christchurch Holocaust Memorial was unveiled in 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust, with the message “To keep the memory alive”.
Written by Ella, Katherine, Oscar and Alex