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School holds Holocaust Memorial Assembly

Mayor Cllr Crimmings with pupils at St John Baptist School

Mayor Cllr Crimmings with pupils at St John Baptist School

Pupils at St John's School, Aberdare, have remembered the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, at a special assembly.

School staff and pupils have visited Krakow and Auschwitz over the years and met Holocaust survivors. They promised the survivors that they would share their stories to their communities when they returned home, and their Holocaust assemblies help them to do that.

During the assembly, the pupils expressed their thoughts about what happened during the Holocaust, and talked about their visits to the concentration camps and the conversations they have had with the survivors.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr Ann Crimmings and Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr Derrick Morgan, were among guests at the assembly, which was organised by head of History, teacher Fiona Bell.

Cllr Crimmings said: "It is important for our future generations to learn from what happened in the past. The assembly gave us the opportunity to remember the survivors and those who lost their lives."

Pupils from St John’s School are also taking part in the Rhondda Cynon Taf Holocaust Memorial Day event in Clydach Vale on Wednesday, February 5. Holocaust Memorial Day is an international day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust and other genocides.

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