Holocaust Day

Holocaust day was on Monday, 27th January. At St. Brendan’s we encourage pupils to remember all the millions of people who lost their lives as a result of genocide in the 20 th Century. We remember all the innocent victims of genocide throughout the World ranging from Europe, to Asia , to Africa.

Some of these Genocides happened 100 years ago, some 75 years ago and some only twenty years ago. Some are happening as we speak and largely ignored.

A short poem written by Pastor Martin Niemoller was read by the Principal, Mr. Sean coffey at morning assembly:

 

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out –

Because I was not a socialist

 

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out-

Because I was not a trade unionist.

 

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-

Because I was not a Jew.

 

Then they came for me-

And there was no one left to speak for me.

Is is worth remembering the powerful words of an Irishman , Edmund Burke

who said:

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

During Monday all the first Year classes were brought to the Study hall by Mr. Jim O’ Brien and Mike Leahy. The students had a presentation class on Genocide and the Holocaust. They were shown clips of Holocaust movies and had an opportunity for a question and answer session. Feedback from the pupils on this special class was positive.

It is our intention to mark Holocaust Day every year with an annual event at St. Brendan’s.

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