Although the 15th April 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen Belsen by the 11th Armoured Division of the British Army, the anniversary will be formally marked by an international ceremony on the site of the former camp on Sunday 26th April. The Holocaust Education Trust will be playing a key part and the College have been fortunate enough to secure places for Year 10 students Hannah Vaughan and Rebecca Acock to become Holocaust Education Trust Ambassadors and attend the ceremony.
The liberation of Belsen by British soldiers in 1945 did much to shape British awareness and understanding of the Holocaust, and this year is likely to be the last significant anniversary to be marked with the inclusion of eyewitnesses and those who survived.
Marking the anniversary, Karen Pollock MBE, Chief executive of the Holocaust Education Trust said: ‘This year, as we mark 70 years since the liberation of Bergen-Belsen by the 11th Armoured Division,we pause to remember the kindness and courage shown by British armoured forces when they brought freedom to the Jewish people imprisoned there. We are delighted to be taking 200 of our Ambassadors, teachers and supporters to participate in the international commemorations and pay our respects on this important anniversary’.