Remembering the Holocaust

Remembering the Holocaust

Repton’s B Block artists have collaborated on this site-specific mural.  Their ideas have won funding from The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to construct, paint and install this work of Art to honour this year’s commemorations.  The theme suggested by the trust is the poignantly simple heartfelt moral question: ‘How can life go on?’  The response of our pupils to this was: ‘Because it must!’, ’because it is our turn!’, ‘because we can learn!’ and ‘because life is wonderful!’.
 
They have chosen to represent imagery of an older world, with its innocuous and nefarious detritus buried in rubble.  They also wanted to feature the natural world as a constant behind all of our Histories and the sky as a symbol of a vast space of eternal possibility, navigated freely by the birds of the world.
 
We were attracted to the Lych Gate of Repton’s St Wystan’s Church because of its centrality to both the school and the village, as well as the moral centrality the church represents for all who live and board here and all who can see its spire as a fulcrum of these things from the surrounding landscape.  Its wooden covered Arch humbly echoes its stone sibling just to the right of it, oriented in the same direction as the Arch of Repton School.  These two are thresholds to Hope and love, Learning and Memory, standing, as they do, side by side.
  
The mural forms part of a series of events that have taken place throughout the week including an exhibition on the Nazi Holocaust and displays on genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda and Darfur. Pupils and staff were visited by Holocaust survivor Dr. Martin Stern and received a talk from Olivia Marks-Woldman and Jessica Bentham from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Repton Scholars also performed an evening of readings and music from the Holocaust.
  
Pupils Lucas Pringle (5P) and Parras Joshi (5P) are Youth Ambassadors for the HMDT, and it was their vision that inspired the week's events.