Handprints reminder of Holocaust at Solihull School - The Solihull Observer

Handprints reminder of Holocaust at Solihull School

Solihull Editorial 2nd Nov, 2017   0

HANDPRINTS are providing a reminder of the horror of the Holocaust at Solihull School.

Former student Megan Lloyd is helping fight anti-Semitism as a regional ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Megan, who is currently serving as a gap year tutor at Solihull, following six years as a pupil, visited Israel during the summer with other Trust ambassadors to gain a deeper understanding of the Nazi’s attempted genocide of the Jews.

On her return, she led a Holocaust workshop and is also mentoring sixth-formers taking part in HET’s Lessons from Auschwitz project.

As a student, Megan took park in the project and, as a follow-up, organised a painting composed of the handprints of hundreds of pupils and staff in the shape of a Holocaust memorial flame, which now hangs in the foyer of Solihull School’s Bushell Hall.

The school is also custodian of an Anne Frank Tree, grown from a cutting of the tree that the young Jewish diarist could see from her hiding place in Amsterdam.

The tree was the idea of pupil Holly Krober, who was so moved by her school trip to Auschwitz concentration camp that she was determined to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.

During her visit to Israel, Megan was based at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem, where she studied Jewish history and culture, the development of the Holocaust and Jewish life after the Second World War.

As well as visiting the city’s holy places, she also visited the ancient desert fortress of Masada and the Israel’s capital Tel Aviv, where she discussed the current political situation with the British Ambassador David Quarrey.

Megan said: “My visit to Israel in the summer was extremely moving and educational, and I feel very proud to act as a regional ambassador for the HET.”



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