In April, almost 200 students from across Years 9 to 13 at Barry Comprehensive School heard the testimony from Holocaust survivor, Joanna Millan, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
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. The visit was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.
It was a privilege for us to welcome Joanna Millan 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 Joanna’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. Joanna’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.”
This unique experience was followed by workshops for Year 9 pupils, delivered by a HET educator, the focus of which was Holocaust commemoration and remembrance. These pupils will now embark on a research project about the Holocaust, and work with Year 13 pupils who participated in this year’s Lessons from Auschwitz project to design and create a Holocaust memorial for our school.
For more information about the Holocaust Educational Trust please visit www.het.org.uk