What is HMD?
In 2001, the British Government designated 27th January as an annual remembrance of the Holocaust and invited people to reflect, either individually or in groups, on the Holocaust and other genocides. It was hoped that people would be encouraged to oppose racism, discrimination and persecution and to acknowledge the dignity of difference.
In 2002, members of Northwood United Synagogue, led by Sharman Berwald, ecided that we would hold an annual Event in support of National Holocaust Memorial Day and the focus would be on educating secondary school students from Hillingdon and neighbouring Boroughs on both the events of the Holocaust and its context with the aim of ensuring that it might never happen again.
The NHMDE (Northwood Holocaust Memorial Day Events) run in conjunction with the Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue have grown year by year ever since, proving to be so popular with schools that we have between 1,700 and 2,000 students attending from around 35 schools each year and the sessions are now run across an entire week.
The students attend a workshop run by a trained facilitator who helps to prepare them for a talk by a Holocaust Survivor, a camp survivor or a former Kindertransport child. The talk is then followed by a Question and Answer session and a closing address from the Rabbi.
NHMDE has brought together a varied group of people who have one thing in common: they are passionate about ensuring that the atrocity that was the Holocaust is never forgotten. We are grateful to all these volunteers who help us in so many ways and to our kind and generous sponsors, the London Borough of Hillingdon, AJR, Hertsmere Borough Council, Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue and Northwood United Synagogue.
If you would like to have more information, or should you wish to be involved in this very important venture, visit the NHMDE website athttp://www.northwoodhmd.org.uk
If you are a secondary school wishing to book please contact Michelle Wilder on 0845 6448006 for a booking form or e mail her on firstname.lastname@example.org
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