The Spanish Philosopher George Santayana, is often quoted as saying:
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
It is with this perspective in mind that the Social Studies Team is leading today our Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations. Students in both the Junior and Senior School are working through activities which recount the history of Europe in the early to mid 20th century, looking at the actions of Nazis and the response, or lack of response, from governments and people of Europe.
The Holocaust Remembrance Day is a United Nations’ sanctioned day when global citizens are asked to review their understanding and knowledge of the Holocaust where more than 6 million Jews perished at the hands of the Nazis and their sympathisers. At Internationella Engelska Skolan Täby, we teach our students and our community how to build knowledge and understanding pertaining to tolerance and cultural understanding.
In that light, as the Principal, I encourage parents to also review their knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust by making use of resources available at the United States of America’s Holocaust Memorial Museum online portal at:
Pictured: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin
Please take the time to discuss with your child and help them to better understand these events which have already been presented to them over their day with us. We at IES support the Swedish values of tolerance, multiculturalism and freedom to choose one’s religious, cultural and sexual identities. We therefore are committed to ensure that these values are not only applied to nowadays, but to our revision of historical events like this one as well, so as to ensure that they are never repeated.