Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke’s testimony gave a group of students a powerful reminder of the horrors that led to the death of millions of people.
Speaking to Year 11 pupils at The Deepings School, Eva, who was born in the Mauthausen concentration camp, in Austria, told of how 15 members of her family were killed in Auschwitz. She and her mother were the only survivors.
Eva’s testimony was followed by a question and answer session to help pupils better understand the nature of the holocaust and to explore its lessons in depth.
Headteacher Chris Beckett said: “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.”
The visit was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s outreach programme for schools.
Karen Pollock, chief executive of the trust said: “Our aim is to educate students from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through a survivor’s testimony.
“Eva’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and, by hearing her testimony, students have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead. At the trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”