Holocaust testimony is powerful reminder

A-LEVEL History students from the College of Richard Collyer in Horsham heard a testimony from Holocaust survivor, Prof Ladislaus Löb, as part of a recent visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

Ann Mutluer, who is head of faculty for Humanities and Liberal Arts and subject leader for History, said: “Prof’s Löb’s talk was the culmination of our year-long focus on the survivors of the Holocaust, which has included an exhibition and visit to Auschwitz. His personal testimony of life in Belsen concentration camp and description of the daring work of Rezso Kasztner, the man who saved him, provided students with a unique insight.”

The visit was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools and colleges across the UK.

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from 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.

“Ladislaus’ 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.”

After Prof Löb’s testimony, a question and answer session enabled students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and explore its lessons in more depth.

Dr Jackie Johnston, principal of Collyer’s, said: “It was a privilege for us to welcome Prof Ladislaus Löb to our college and 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 Ladislaus’ 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 added: “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.”

Article contributed by the College of Richard Collyer, Hurst Road, Horsham