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Holocaust survivor Bob Obuchowski, now of Redbridge, visits Hainault’s Forest Academy with the Holocaust Education Trust

PUBLISHED: 11:11 05 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:11 05 November 2013

Holocaust survivor Bob Obuchowski with students from the Forest Academy

Holocaust survivor Bob Obuchowski with students from the Forest Academy

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Hainault’s Forest Academy welcomed a special visitor with a harrowing story – Holocaust survivor Bob Obuchowski, who now lives in Redbridge.

Holocaust survivor Bob Obuchowski with students from the Forest Academy. Bob still has the concentration camp number tattooed on his arm from when he was sent to BirkenauHolocaust survivor Bob Obuchowski with students from the Forest Academy. Bob still has the concentration camp number tattooed on his arm from when he was sent to Birkenau

As a boy, Bob saw his family rounded up and killed when the Nazis invaded and occupied his hometown. He was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau and sent on two death marches, but he was liberated by the Russian Army as the Second World War came to an end.

Bob, now 85, visits schools around the country with the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) to help students better understand what went on in Europe during the war.

Last month, history students at the Harbourer Road school had the chance to ask questions, and Bob showed them the sobering tattoo he still bears on his left arm – his concentration camp number.

Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “Bob’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing it students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.

Bob Obuchowski aged 17 on his arrival in Britain after the warBob Obuchowski aged 17 on his arrival in Britain after the war

“At the HET, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”


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