Students learn lessons of the Holocaust
STUDENTS at the Gryphon School were privileged to hear the personal account of a Holocaust survivor last week.
Around 240 Year 9 pupils gathered to hear the testimony of Harry Bibring, an 88-year-old Jewish man who fled Nazi Germany for England in 1942.
The visit to the Sherborne school last week was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust's Outreach Programme.
The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to help students better understand the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth.
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The students heard Mr Bibring's memories of the Second World War, including the death of his mother in a Nazi death camp and his escape to England.
Steve Hillier, head teacher at the Gryphon School, said: "Our Year 9 students have benefited from visits organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust for several years and it is a privilege for us to welcome Harry Bibring to our school.
"His 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 Harry's testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust."
Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, added: "The trust educates and engages students about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor.
"Harry's story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing his 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."