Barry Comprehensive School Welcomes Eva Clarke, Survivor from the Holocaust

Year 9 students, under the guidance of sixth form student Beth Hopkins, creating a mural of handprints as a visual representation of all the people affected by the Holocaust

Year 9 students, under the guidance of sixth form student Beth Hopkins, creating a mural of handprints as a visual representation of all the people affected by the Holocaust

On 22nd October 2012, year 9 students from Barry Comprehensive School heard the testimony from Holocaust survivor, Eva Clarke, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.  The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth.

It was a privilege for us to welcome Eva Clarke to our school and her testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Eva’s testimony it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust commented:

The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Eva’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing her testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.

“At the Trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”

There was also a presentation from Year 13 students Isaac Mayne and Beth Hopkins highlighting their experiences of being part of the Lessons from Auschwitz Project where they took part in a one day visit to the former Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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