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Holocaust Memorial Day

Remembering is not always easy but it is vitally important to prioritise for the progress of our society. This Thursday (27 January) marks Holocaust Memorial Day, a day on which we remember primarily all those murdered by the Nazi Regime during the Holocaust. As a Students’ Union, we want to join with others around the world in remembering the six million Jews and the millions of others including homosexual, disabled, Jehovah’s Witness, Roma and Sinti people who also lost their lives during the atrocities of this time.

We continue to live in a turbulent world, with political divides and world events beyond our control, reflecting the broader divisions that remain in society today. We cannot afford to be complacent and must continue to be aware of hatred and how to overcome it – whether based on religion, race, gender or any other personal characteristic. It is vital that we call out the ignorance and injustice in society that allow these views to hold sway.

This year, the theme for the day is ‘One Day’, to be put aside to learn about the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and the genocides which have followed in other parts of the world such as Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia. We, like many others, hope that society will learn about the past, empathise with others in the present day, and take action for the future, so that One Day genocide becomes an occurrence in history. We wholeheartedly support this theme and its importance in demonstrating the value of peace and respect.

As your student officer team, we also recognise the hurt and the pain remembrance of such difficult memories can bring and we hear you and support you. We encourage any students who want to contact us directly to email us at [email protected], so that we can provide the relevant support for you. If you need any mental health or wellbeing support, or just someone to talk to, you can also use any or all of the resources below:

  • Pro-Counselling is a free and confidential counselling service for King’s students. You can call them on 0808 196 6172 from 5 pm-9 am on weekdays and 24/7 on weekends, bank holidays, and King’s closure days.
  • TogetherAll is an anonymous, free, and 24/7 online mental health and wellbeing service you can access with your King’s email.
  • Our Wellbeing Hub is packed with resources, links, advice, and ideas to support you with your wellbeing and mental health all year round.
  • King’s Chaplaincy is a resource for all students and staff at King’s, of all faiths and none. They welcome all students to get in touch for any support, especially during difficult times.
  • If you feel your academic experience is suffering, our KCLSU Academic Advice team provides free, confidential, and impartial academic advice to students with issues affecting their studies.

Holocaust Memorial Day is a timely reminder of the importance of sharing learning from our experiences. At KCLSU we encourage you all to look to the future and both learn from each other and celebrate, the vibrant diversity of culture, faith and tradition of those around us in our community at King’s, as many have done this week by joining our One World festival events.

The KCLSU Student Officer Team 2021/22

 

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