Holocaust survivor Susan Pollack MBE shared her testimony live on Friday 24th January in a special webcast by the Holocaust Education Trust to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Susan was born in Hungary and was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. She survived working as a slave labourer and was sent on a death march to Bergen-Belsen where she was liberated by British Forces on 15th April 1945.
Holocaust Memorial Day is marked each year on 27th January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. In 2020, we will be marking the 75th anniversary of liberation. Schools, communities and faith groups across the UK will join together in national and local events to commemorate those people who became victims of the Nazis and their collaborators and to consider the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust.
The Holocaust was the murder of approximately 6 million Jewish men, women and children by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during the Second World War. However, statistics are impersonal and difficult to grasp. One way of ensuring that we connect with the victims of the Holocaust is by focusing on the experiences of individuals. By participating in the live survivor webcast, you can put a human face to history and engage with one survivor’s personal experiences during the Holocaust.
Thank you to some of our RE classes who were involved in creating a display for Bury's Holocaust Memorial Ceremony.
Share and remind everybody about the need to stand up to racism and hatred in all forms.
At the beginning of Advent in the lead up to Christmas, we launched the Rotary Shoebox appeal at Holy Cross, asking students and staff for donations! We would like to thank all those who supported us with the appeal and for all the kind donations; we managed to make up 57 full boxes which is wonderful! They were decorated and put together by our 4C group and are now ready to be collected and sent to the following towns and cities: Kiev (Ukraine), Chisinau (Moldova) and Iasi, Baia Mare, Cluj Napoca, Tinaud & Siria (Romania)
Thank you to everyone for your continued support for events such as this.
Kelly, Bec and all in the 4C and Chaplaincy groups.
This week Holy Cross is hosting Bolton University’s Psychology team for a series of lunchtime lectures. A-level Psychology students have had the opportunity to engage with up to date research in areas covering: “How to influence behaviour change” (Jo Lockhurst), “Why is evolutionary theory important to Psychology?” (Dr Pedro Vital) and “Why Positive Psychology is more than just positive thinking?” (Jerome Carson).
Today we celebrated Marie Thérèse Day, the founder of the Daughters of the Cross, that established Holy Cross College, wishing it to be a place of academic excellence, where Christian values are fostered, where people would find understanding and friendship, and a huge welcome.
Thank you to everybody for their donations in celebration of Marie Therese Day. All donated goods will go to Bury Red Door and Bury Homeless Projects.