P.S. 119 Amersfort School of Social Awareness

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Holocaust Remembrance Day – Reflecting on Genocide

Third through Fifth grade students have been watching a docu-drama based on Anne Frank’s Diary and first hand accounts of her experience during the World War II cataclysm known as the Holocaust, where six-million European Jews and many others were systematically slaughtered by the German Nazi Regime between 1933 – 1945. Below are a list of the victims killed during this time.

Victims Killed:
Jews 5.93 million
Soviet POWs 2–3 million
Ethnic Poles 1.8–2 million
Serbs 300,000–500,000
Disabled 270,000
Romani 90,000–220,000
Freemasons 80,000–200,000
Slovenes 20,000–25,000
Homosexuals 5,000–15,000
Jehovah’s Witnesses 2,500–5,000
Spanish Republicans 7,000

Mauricio Garcia 5-310

Mohammad Ali Qureshi 5-310

Bradley Chalumeau 5-310

Genocide is the systematic killing of a group of people based upon their religion, culture, sexual orientation, or perceived race or DNA.

The events of WWII and the Holocaust were so devastating, one would rather forget or suppress these memories. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we choose to recall these ghastly, criminal and inhuman actions so they might never happen again. Those who survived these horrible events are forever scarred but have lived to tell the truth about what happened despite many who deny these event have ever occurred.

Since the end of WWII, there are been several other genocides around the world including the Bosnian Genocide, The Rwandan Genocide, The Sudanese of Darfur and now the Syrian Genocide. When will we as humans learn to live in peace?

© Frank H. Jump

There is a tradition of commemorating events with postage stamps. Atrocities are rarely turned into commemorative stamps but here are some I created to remember some of the more recent events where we as a society just simply watched happen without doing anything about it.

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

This final series was modeled after Nazi propaganda stamps circa 1944 and document our own recent history with torture.

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