These beautiful commemorative candles can be lit on Holocaust Memorial Day as part of our Light the Darkness national moment.
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Between 1941 and 1945, six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. Their attempt to murder all the Jews in Europe, shook the foundations of civilisation.
The Nazis targeted anyone they believed threatened their ideal of a ‘pure Aryan race’, including Roma and Sinti people, disabled people, gay people, political opponents and others.
From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, imposed an extremist programme to reconstruct Cambodia. Millions of people died through starvation, disease and exhaustion, and thousands were executed.
In a violent outpouring in 1994, approximately one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered in just 100 days in the Genocide in Rwanda.
In July 1995, against the backdrop of an ongoing civil war, Bosnian Serb forces led by Ratko Mladić murdered around 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica.
In 2003 a civil war began in the region of Darfur. Arab militia, known as the Janjaweed attacked black African people, destroying entire villages, murdering civilians and displacing many more.
This resource, developed in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening, offers ideas for primary and secondary school students to use plants to commemorate the Holocaust, Nazi persecution of other groups and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
The Youth Forum Societies Toolkit has been created to provide you with ideas about how your university society, club or group can engage with Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). We hope this guide will help you to find a way to mark the day in a meaningful way and look forward to hearing about your event or activity!
This resource is designed for Scottish secondary schools to mark HMD while supporting and complementing Burns Night celebrations. Read the story of Henry Wuga MBE who was born in Germany in 1924 and escaped the Holocaust by coming to Scotland on the Kindertransport. He made a home in Scotland and developed a love for Scotland's national bard Robert Burns.