The 27th January is designated as International Holocaust Memorial Day – a time to reflect and learn lessons from the past, to work together to develop a better future.  To mark this, the Local Authority hosted an event for sixth form pupils at County Hall, Carmarthen and 3 students of Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn (Charlotte Husnjak, Charlotte Brookes and Jason Hawkins) represented the school.  The event was designed to help participants engage with the more challenging and ethical questions raised by the Holocaust.  Accompanied by Mr Evans the pupils were given the opportunity to listen to the personal experiences of participants in the Lessons from Auschwitz project as well as hear the moving testimony of a Holocaust survivor via a live webcast.  Pupils were able discuss  the issues with sixth formers from other school and engaged in workshops that dealt with ‘Medial Portrayals’ and ‘Dilemmas, choices and responses’ and which were designed to deepen knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust as well as develop critical thinking and creativity.   The conference ended with pupils reflecting upon their lessons learned from the day as well as the past – as such a ‘Tree of Life’ was developed which will become a county-inspired memorial to the Holocaust. This was the first sixth form conference of its type in Carmarthenshire and it is hoped that it will become an annual event

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