Holocaust Memories

Students learn lessons of the Holocaust at first hand

A pensioner who fled to England to escape the Nazi death camps will talk to students about his ordeal on Wednesday.

A group of 27 students from both Stoke on Trent College and the City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College who are travelling to Poland to learn about the holocaust will welcome Harry Bibring to the Cauldon Campus.

The Challenge Poland project will see students visit the Auschwitz concentration camp, Schindler’s Museum and stay in the Jewish quarter of Krakow during a four day stay in Poland next month, with the aim of offering them the chance to learn about the genocide and experience a completely different culture.

Harry escaped to England with his sister on the Kindertransport after his mother was deported to the death camp at Sobibor in Poland in 1942.

Project leader Dave Hopley said:

“The Challenge Poland programme is now in its third year, and all the students taking part have had to undertake a variety of fundraising activities to finance their visit. We are very privileged to welcome Harry, whose visit has been co-ordinated by the Holocaust Educational Trust, as we hope that by hearing Harry’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”

Caroline Thornley, school liaison assistant at the City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College, will be accompanying their students on the visit. She said:

“This is the first year the Sixth Form College has collaborated with Stoke on Trent College on the Challenge Poland project. It represents a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience other cultures and learn about the impact the Holocaust had on Jewish communities across Europe.”

For more information about the Holocaust Educational Trust please visit www.het.org.uk

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