S3 Religious Education pupils from Chryston High School recently took part in a lesson in the library to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. The idea behind the lesson was to help the pupils understand how the Jewish people were persecuted. An idea from fellow librarian, Marie McGough, inspired me to build a book ghetto in the library and have pupils banished to the book ghetto for reasons such as; has blue eyes, has a pet dog, likes JLS etc.
We started of with the pupils posing for some class pictures while one selected pupil read out the poem ‘First They Came’ by Pastor Martin Niemöller. As each verse was read out pupils were given a label and moved into the book ghetto.
By the time the last verse of the poem was read out there was only one pupil left. The rest were all squashed inside the book ghetto.
We then had a discussion about how this made the pupils, they were all very sombre and reflective and really seemed to understand the importance of learning about the Holocaust.