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Holocaust Remembrance: The Untold Stories play

27th January 2011

In respect of National Holocaust Remembrance Day (27th January) a small group of Calderdale College student’s held a short play acknowledging the lives of the suppressed societies who endured the Holocaust. The play was titled Holocaust the Untold Stories.

The select group of students staring in the play have been working in collaboration with Via Media. An organisation which works with 15 to 21 year old students promoting human rights and social justice, aiming to challenge all forms of social, political and religious repression. Students took part in educational sessions which included role play, negotiation skills and learning from the lessons of history in a contemporary context. Students were also part of an eye opening residential trip to Krakow, Poland, where students visited concentration camps such as Auschwitz I. The Untold Stories play was performed for Calderdale’s students and staff marking the end of their 12 week experience.

The play (written by Shadiya Sultan from the Learner Involvement Team) represented the diverse scale of Holocaust victims with each student representing a different individual, with a different story to tell. The production began with the men, women and children introducing themselves, discussing the idea of them leaving for the ‘holiday camps’. Only to be startled by a Nazi solider screaming ‘Everyone against the wall’ the characters quickly came to the realisation of their intended fate. The play went on to portray an emotional and true to life conclusion.

The College Principal, Chris Jones stated ‘I am delighted that through are partnership with Via Media this group of students were able to experience Auschwitz and learn the horrors of the Holocaust. It is an experience they will never forget. From their performance of this play they have shown how they have understood the human impact of conflict between peoples. They have also demonstrated their creativity and talent. We are very proud of them.’

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