On 22 April, Sixth Form students gathered in the Vanbrugh Theatre to hear testimony from Holocaust survivor, John Dobai.
John, who was born in Budapest in 1934, joined us virtually as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) as part of their extensive Outreach Programme, which is made available to school across the UK.
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.
Head of Enrichment, Mr Bircham, arranged the visit for the Sixth Formers.
He said: “It was a privilege for us to welcome John Dobai virtually into school today. His testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors that so many experienced.
“We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing John’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 added:
“The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students 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. John’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing his testimony, students heard 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.”