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Newark College students mark Holocaust Memorial Day with poignant project

Students at Newark College marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a poignant project.

They joined in the Writing Off Hate project by Writing East Midlands, a literature development agency supporting writers at various stages in their careers.

Working with heritage resources from the National Holocaust Centre and Museum at Laxton, it hoped to forge a deeper understanding of the causes and effects of hate crime.

A shot taken from the Writing Off Hate film by Newark College students. (44174901)
A shot taken from the Writing Off Hate film by Newark College students. (44174901)

Student writers used their skills to develop an article or story in relation to the hate speech subject.

One of the stories read: “Politics. A subject we both agree to disagree on. We both hold very strong opinions on the different political parties but this conversation just went a bit too far.

"I don’t want to lose my best mate over something so small and minor. I hold my hands up for taking the conversation too far, but he needs to realise it wasn’t just a one-way street.

"It feels as though he has misunderstood me and I regret bringing the conversation up now.

“With his stubbornness I don’t know if we can make up after this.

"We can always hope though.”

As well as this, college students worked with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to launch a short film from the Writing Off Hate Project.

You can see the film below.

A National Holocaust Centre and Museum spokesman said: "An incredibly thoughtful; thought-provoking and inspiring film. Thank you so much to the wonderful students who created such a reflective piece highlighting the need to address hate and stand up for others.

"In such a challenging time for communities, we are grateful to work with such incredible upstanders who have responded to the need to remember the Holocaust in such sensitive; open and powerful work.

"This film created by students at Newark College for their Writing Off Hate project is simply put spot on. The students have made the message very clear in this film that there is a definite link between hate crime and the 'simple' aspects of human behaviour and also, there is a directly related larger message which acknowledges that society is fragile and if things get horribly out of control, this fragility can lead to events like the Holocaust.

"Thank you to the students and the experts who worked with them. A memorable film which has left me thinking of the impact of words and actions and with a smile that such amazing young people can make positive difference."

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