Arsenal marks Holocaust Memorial Day | News

Today we mark Holocaust Remembrance Day and remember the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust and genocide around the world.

Commemorated each year on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945, Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity to honor the victims and survivors of the genocide.

We have come together as players, supporters and the community to mark an opportunity for education and remembrance.

Naval students visit Auschwitz

Through our community teams, we work closely with the Holocaust Education Trust, as well as the Adversary History, Rise Up, and United College Societies to educate our participants on contemporary antisemitism and remember the victims of the Holocaust.

This year, as part of an educational workshop run at this site, two of our BTEC students, Lilybelle and Jen, told their peers about what they learned when they visited Auschwitz last year.

Sharing her experience at The Arsenal Hub, Jen explained her visit to both former parts of the concentration camp, Auschwitz and Birkenau.

“The walls are filled with pictures of people who lost their lives in the Holocaust. They really put into perspective how many victims there were and how many families were affected. You can watch or read books on the Holocaust, but when you go to Auschwitz it hits home how terrible it was.

Lilybelle also spoke about the value of learning from others that they had learned.

“I’ve done everything I have. We’ve met people there who are still experiencing anti-Semitic abuse today. We know it’s important for people to get back on this and be educated.”

Lilybelle and Jen both plan to hold more workshops to explore the theme, alongside the community hubs.

“The work of the shipyards in the community is really useful, especially for our age group. We want to continue that.”

Both Jen and Lillybelle will be speaking in front of local MPs at the Islington Holocaust Memorial Council event today, where they will share their thoughts on what can be done to further Holocaust education.

Jewish supporters think about this theme of the year

This year’s theme for Holocaust Remembrance Day is “ordinary people” and reminds us all of how everyday people were involved in all aspects of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and the genocides that took place in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Rabbi Yoni Golker of the Magen Avot United Synagogue in Hendon calls Holocaust Memorial Day “a day of education.”

“It’s a day to tell the world what happened in living memory so it never happens again,” he said.

“One of the things that really stands out is that the Holocaust was not committed by just heinous criminals. It was the ordinary who facilitated the persecution, and it was the plebeian who disguised the bystanders and directed them to the various governors.

“However, it also brings us all together by highlighting the common people. There is a huge unity in that. We are all in one, whether you are playing for Arsenal in the Premier League or whether you are a fan watching the game. We are all ordinary people in one way or another in our common life. This it is something that affects all of humanity.

Sami Steinbock, who is currently in the final stages of helping to set up an official Jewish supporters’ club, the Gooners, is being considered for this year’s commemoration.

“Holocaust Memorial Day allows the country to come together and recognize the victims of genocide worldwide. It gives us the opportunity to think about the terrible events that happened throughout history, and remind us that the persecution of ethnic minorities is still happening today. Today, the commemoration of “never again” is more than a word.

“We as humans have the power to do a lot of good and unfortunately, we also have the power to do a lot of bad. It’s important that we keep the power we have and maybe think twice about the things we say, at the football stadium, in the pub or elsewhere.

“Our whole circle has been coming to games together for years, but various things have led us to the Jewish Gooners. Armory has always been a community for us and we’ve always had a great time here. I met people from different backgrounds that I would never otherwise have met in my life because of going to the docks, home, and away. We decided it would be fantastic to mix some areas of our Jewish heritage with our love of the club.”

Councilor Lawrence Brass, a Arsenal season ticket holder for sixty years, is similarly proud of our club’s long-standing links with the Jewish community.

“Armenale has always enjoyed tremendous support among the Jewish community.” I have always been proud to be associated with a club that values ​​its Jewish supporters, with our stadium around the main Jewish population centers in North London. All these connections mean a lot to thousands of Jewish naval supporters.

“Having personally led delegations to Auschwitz and Belsen Concentration Camps in my role as Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, I am delighted that Holocaust Memorial Day now has a higher profile in this country than ever before,” Lawrence continued.

I will light a candle on the afternoon of January 27 for the darkness that the Holocaust brought to so many lives, including members of my family. I ask the supporters of the shipyards all over the world to light their candles and put them in the windows so that they do not show the victims of oblivion.

“Ordinary people of the century sent genocide and it was the “folk” who were the persecutors. We hope that the navalmore extraordinaryThe supporters of all kinds of distinction stand as opponents.

The training program of our Academy

Over the past two seasons, we have worked with the Premier League and the Holocaust Educational Trust to run a series of workshops and educational experiences for our under 14 teams.

On the same day, our under-14s will do a pre-trial workshop on Jewish life and the Holocaust. The player will then give a reminder before our meeting on January 29, where both companies will observe a minute of silence.

Academy players who participated in the last year of the training program will share their learnings in February and this spring, our squad will meet with Holocaust survivors at Hale End to learn about the atrocities through their stories.

Remembering the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

Holocaust Memorial Day is also an opportunity to witness the genocides that took place in Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia and Darfur.

Johnston Busingye, High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to the UK, had the following reflections.

“In 1994, the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda claimed the lives of over a billion innocent people. Through decades of imposed separatist identity, hate-speech, exclusion and persecution of the Tutsi, promoted by a regime committed to ethnic extremism, we have witnessed unfolding periods of genocide, which turned into a mob against and ready to betray, rape and kill their neighbors. Our renaissance is built on the twin pillars of unity and inclusion. Firm foundations have been laid for Rwandans not to succumb to ethnic hatred again.

“On Holocaust Memorial Day, Rwandans stand with the world against prejudice and hatred to honor the memory of the millions of victims and survivors affected by the Holocaust and genocide around the world.”

“If it is never to happen again among Rwandans, and indeed other post-genocide societies, to make things happen, we must mark, cry out and overcome the last act of the Genocide – the stage of denial. The duty falls on us, the common people, women, men, young and old, to stand together and oppose the denial and hateful ideology from which it originates, wherever we encounter it in our daily life.

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