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Students come together to remember the Holocaust.

Students come together to remember the Holocaust.

The 27th January is a national commemoration day, dedicated to the remembrance of the millions of people who lost their lives in the Holocaust under Nazi persecution. A virtual assembly, delivered by Head of History, Mr Knott and school Principal, Mr Smith, was held this week, allowing the students of Goodwin Academy time to reflect on Holocaust Memorial Day and its significance.

Various museums and exhibitions across the world display piles of shoes to provide one of the few lasting signs of those who had lost their lives and suffered greatly during the time of Nazi rule. To many people, images of shoes represent the fragility of life during the Holocaust.

To pay tribute and mark the occasion, students across Goodwin Academy each cut out a pair of paper shoes and inscribed a personal message on them. Over 850 pairs of shoes now hang together at the front of the school, creating a moving memorial piece.

We will not forget.

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We are the shoes, we are the last witnesses.

We are the shoes from grandchildren and grandfathers

From Prague, Paris and Amsterdam,

And because we are only made of fabric and leather

And not of blood and flesh,

Each one of us avoided the hellfire.”

 We are the shoes

By Moshe Szulsztein