Hartlepool teens get lessons on horrors of the Holocaust

Holocaust Memorial Group members (left to right) Oliver Pinsent, Annabelle Napper, Jasmine Sirs, Lois Joynt and Jake Hornsey meet Holocaust survivor Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines.
Holocaust Memorial Group members (left to right) Oliver Pinsent, Annabelle Napper, Jasmine Sirs, Lois Joynt and Jake Hornsey meet Holocaust survivor Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines.

A group of youngsters from Hartlepool will be educating their peers on the horrors of the Holocaust during an annual memorial event.

The group, called The Holocaust Memorial Group – Hartlepool is made up of 14 young people aged 13 to 19 who have been working to commemorate and help other youngsters understand the Nazi persecution and genocides.

On January 25, the group will be holding its third annual event, to share its research and experiences over the past year with an audience of young people, parents, teachers, councillors and other members of the local community.

Called Don’t Stand By, the theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, the event will take place at Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street, from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Guest of honour and speaker at the event will be Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Keenaghan, whose father died in Auschwitz concentration camp.

The young people will be talking about the week they spent in Berlin, visiting the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Holocaust memorials and the German Resistance Museum.

Holocaust Memorial Group member Oliver Pinsent said: “We will be highlighting not only the terrible things which happen when people turn a blind eye to discrimination, but also some of the inspiring stories of people standing their ground and helping to protect others.

“The message is clear – please don’t stand by and let persecution happen.”

Tickets are available for free by calling Beth Major in the Youth Support Service on 01429 523900.