Student Union President Dressed Up As Holocaust Victim

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A Student Union president is being investigated after he dressed as a Holocaust victim and joked about being 'gassed'. 

Sam Farrell, who was elected Student Union President of the SU at Edge Hill University in Lancashire on March 18, dressed in striped pyjamas and joked about being a Holocaust concentration camp inmate.

He posted two photos on Instagram and Facebook with the comment: 'In dire need of a shower after last night's social #gassed' after attending a 'movie and TV show' themed social event.

His outfit mirrored what the Jews wore in German concentration camps during WWII with numbers used to identify a specific prisoner.

In February 2019, he also said that he was 'pretty sure the Holocaust had better headliners' than the Reading Festival in a post on Facebook.






Sam Farrell (centre), who was elected Student Union President of the SU at Edge Hill University in Lancashire on March 18, dressed in striped pyjamas and joked about being a Holocaust concentration camp inmate







Farrell posted two photos on Instagram and Facebook with the comment: 'In dire need of a shower after last night's social #gassed' after attending a 'movie and TV show' themed social event (he is pictured at the event)


In another group shot, a crowd surrounds him, as he is shown lying on his side across a table.

Mr Farrell was one of two candidates running for the SU presidency at Edge Hill University, Lancs and was due to take up the new post in July.

The Union of Jewish Students and the Holocaust Memorial Trust have criticised his actions branding his behaviour 'revolting' and 'shocking'.






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Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: 'I'm lost for words. This is shocking.

'Who can think it is ok to dress up as a Holocaust victim and pose laughing for the camera? And those 'jokes'?

'Just revolting. How this person can be deemed fit to be in any position of responsibility is beyond me.'

The Union of Jewish Students, tweeted: 'We are extremely concerned that the next President of @edgehillsu decided to dress up as a Holocaust victim and joke about it on social media. We're aware of other Holocaust posts.

'We are getting in touch with @edgehillsu to ensure the SU receives antisemitism awareness training.'






Mr Farrell (pictured) was one of two candidates running for the SU presidency at Edge Hill University, Lancs and was due to take up the new post in July


The Auschwitz Museum, said: 'Words can hurt people.

'In dire need of a shower after last night's social £gassed' are simply disgusting.

'In Auschwitz no. 38451 marked a Jew Hersch Frydman deported from Compiegne on 7 June 1942 r. He perished in the camp on 19 August 1942 at the age of 28.' 

Edge Hill University Student Union said that an investigation had now been launched into his actions.

It said: 'Edge Hill Students' Union has a full disciplinary process which was followed at the time of the initial incident in question.

'For confidentiality and HR purposes, we are unable to reveal the outcome of past disciplinary procedures on a student's file, but the student in question did receive punishment for their behaviour at the time of the original incident.

'Due to new information coming to light and new evidence received by the University and the Students' Union over the past 48 hours, new disciplinary action has also been opened against the SU President-elect as of Tuesday, March 24 Best IPTV Box 2020.

'The Students' Union will be fully transparent in cooperating with University counterparts in full should they wish to begin their own investigation, and the Students' Union itself can confirm that it will be re-examining existing and new evidence as part of a new investigation.

'To be clear, the result of the SU Presidency election will be suspended until the result of any disciplinary procedure has been finalised.

'We do not underestimate the severity of this situation and the harm that the SU President-elect's actions have caused.

'As such, regardless of the outcome of any disciplinary action, we will ensure that all student officers are given appropriate training which, as mentioned above, we are already in the process of organising.

'Should the student in question remain in position, we will ensure that they are made to come to terms with their behaviour and realise what it means to act as a public servant, given their new position.

'We will also ensure that the President-elect do all they can through actions, as well as words, to win back the trust of students who have been affected by his actions.'






In response to the concerns, Mr Farrell said he was 'deeply sorry' for the 'hurt and pain' caused (pictured, what he allegedly posted on social media)


It said that it allowed Mr Farrell to run for president as 'complaints can only be made against a candidate's behaviour during the time that they are a candidate in that election'.

On Monday, the SUN said it would respond to UJS's concern 'with the view of integrating Antisemitism Training into all officers' summer induction.'

In response to the concerns, Mr Farrell said he was 'deeply sorry' for the 'hurt and pain' caused.

He added in a statement yesterday: 'It was never my intention to deliberately offend or to make any student feel unsafe at Edge Hill.

'Despite what my past posts may suggest, I do understand the severity of making light of events from history, especially when that history plays a fundamental role in reminding us of the needless persecution of others.

'I only hope I can convey how genuine I am when I say that I now realise how naïve and ignorant my past behaviour was. It was wrong, it will not happen again, and it should not have happened in the first place.

'I will not attempt to justify the behaviour by saying it occurred before I was nominated for SU President, but instead want to learn from past mistakes.

'I now understand that my actions affect far more than myself or even my immediate family and friends, and that, as a public figure within Edge Hill University, I am held to a standard that should set an example for other students and for the university as a whole.

'I truly am sorry for any harm I have caused.

'As much as anything else, I want students to feel safe and comfortable to approach me with their issues, and in order to do that I need to educate myself further and take on board the concerns that have been raised.

'I will do everything I can, including any training required of me, to build that trust with the students I aim to represent, and I will commit myself to doing what is needed to rebuild any relationships that my past actions have fractured.'