Auschwitz and Srebrenica: Lessons of our common humanity

Continuing its very successful above project at schools, for the first time the Foundation delivered the project at a school in Manchester. Abraham Moss Community School has 1200 pupils in the Secondary Phase. ” We are a truly inclusive, community school which has been recognised by the Inclusion Quality Mark who awarded us flagship status in July 2014”.

Over thirty students from year nine participated in the foundation’s project. Rabbi Jason Kleiman gave an engaging talk on similarities between Judaism and Islam which was very well received by the students.

This was followed by a power point talk on “Auschwitz and Srebrenica: Lessons of our common humanity”. This project is an initiative of the foundation and is specially written for students at secondary schools. The aim of the talk was to make the students aware of the destructive results of religious hatred towards any group or community; how to understand the similarities of human suffering between the genocide of the Jewish people in the Holocaust and the genocide of the Muslims in Srebrenica.

This was followed by workshops where students discussed what they have learned; how to recognize anti-Semitic and Islamophobic remarks and outlooks; how to combat anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and, how they will act on what they have learned.

One of the students who participated in the project wrote: “Dear Ms Niknam We’re thankful and grateful for yours and the Rabbi’s presence on Wednesday at Abraham Moss. From you we have learnt many things and it has personally changed my perspective of the world, and how my role in society can help people who don’t have the luxuries we have, like peace and a diverse community that works together. Thank you for the inspiring talk you had prepared for us. I hope to make a positive change to the world, and you’ve motivated me towards this. I am hoping to extinguish the negative thoughts and actions. Thanks again.” Hayden, Year 9

The cooperation with the school is ongoing

AuschwitzAndSrebrenicaAbrahamMossManchester001 Mehri Niknam speaking
AuschwitzAndSrebrenicaAbrahamMossManchester002 Rabbi Kleiner speaking
AuschwitzAndSrebrenicaAbrahamMossManchester003 Rabbi Kleiner holding workshops