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National Union of Students launches Holocaust education campaign with UJS and HET

The Our Living Memory initiative will reflect on the persecution of Jews and other groups under the Nazis between 1933 to 1945. A video and social media campaign will highlight the targeting of specific groups by the Nazi regime.

    Liron Velleman, UJS Campaigns Manager; Shakira Martin, NUS President; Mala Tribich MBE; Izzy Lenga, NUS Vice President Photo: Joshua Woolf/Twitter
    Liron Velleman, UJS Campaigns Manager; Shakira Martin, NUS President; Mala Tribich MBE; Izzy Lenga, NUS Vice President Photo: Joshua Woolf/Twitter

    The Union of Jewish Students has teamed up with the National Union of Students and the Holocaust Educational Trust to launch a joint Holocaust commemoration campaign.

    The Our Living Memory initiative will reflect on the persecution of Jews and other groups under the Nazis between 1933 to 1945. A video and social media campaign will highlight the targeting of specific groups by the Nazi regime.

    UJS, NUS and HET representatives will also offer support to student leaders and societies over commemorative events surrounding Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.

    The initiative is a sign of improved relations between UJS and the NUS since the departure of Malia Bouattia as NUS president earlier this year. Shakira Martin was elected as new NUS president in April.

    Izzy Lenga, NUS vice-president for welfare, said of the new joint venture: “I am so pleased that NUS is teaming up with the Union of Jewish Students and the Holocaust Educational Trust.

    “It is vitally important that we help different communities learn and engage with lessons from the past to recognise the loss of so many lives.

    "In partnership we have the opportunity to bring communities together, prevent discrimination and racism in our society.”

    Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich addressed delegates at the second day of the NUS's zones conference in Sheffield today.

    Sam Gold, campaigns officer at UJS, said: "We’re proud to be partnering with NUS and HET on Our Living Memory, moving forward with an improved UJS-NUS relationship and ensuring that although eyewitnesses to the Holocaust are sadly passing away, students of all faiths, backgrounds, cultures and beliefs will commit to keeping the memory of the victims alive.”

    HET said it hoped the initiative would "inspire students on campuses around the country to commemorate victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution in a meaningful and effective way.

    "As the Holocaust moves from living history to ‘just’ history, it is more important than ever that young people take on an active role in ensuring that the Holocaust is remembered.”

    The campaign is expected to running fully from December.

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