The Chief Rabbi has visited a Stanmore school today to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Lord Jonathan Sacks went to Park High School in Thistlecroft Gardens with Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel.

He spoke to the students about the importance of Holocaust remembrance and of hearing the testimony of survivors such as Mrs Turgel.

Addressing the students, the Chief Rabbi said: “When hate takes hold, communities are split apart and our humanity is destroyed.

“That is why we must continue to build bridges and find ways to bring communities together.

“We cannot change the past but we can, and we must, change the future. It is a privilege to live in a free and gracious country; it is up to us to be its guardians.”

Headteacher Emlyn Lumley said: “Staff and students at Park High School all recognise the importance of marking Holocaust Memorial Day and the lessons we learn about unchallenged hatred and prejudice.

“We are particularly pleased that this year we have been able to strengthen our learning in the company of Mrs Turgel and of the Chief Rabbi, particularly given that this is Lord Sacks’ final such assembly as Chief Rabbi.”  

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on January 27 every year to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp.