Living history: Holocaust survivor visits Ilford school

History came to life for one class when a Holocaust survivor visited their school to discuss his experiences of living in Nazi Germany.

Hermann Hirschberger was born in 1926 and was sent to Britain by his parents to keep him safe. His parents were later deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau where they were killed.

He visited Year 6 pupils at Uphall Primary School, Uphall Road, Ilford to give students an opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust and ask questions.

Sherlyn Ramsay, headteacher, said: ““It is a privilege for us to welcome Hermann to our school and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced.”

The visit was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust which aims to educate young people about lessons to be learnt from the Holocaust.


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Ms Ramsay said: “We hope that by hearing Hermann’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”

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