College welcomes Holocaust survivor

Students of Stockton Sixth Form College heard testimony from Holocaust survivor Harry Bibring as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) earlier this week.

Groups from local partner schools, Our Lady and St Bede RC Academy and St. Patrick’s Catholic College, were also invited to witness Harry’s talk and to attend a question and answer session to enable them to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth.

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

Joanna Bailey, Principal at Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “This was Harry’s second visit to Stockton Sixth Form College and his talk was as powerful and moving as the first. We are delighted to be able to help share his story and educate our students as to the horrors so many experienced.”

Karen Pollock MBE, 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. Harry’s 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.

“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.”

The visit is part of the college’s ‘Hilter and the Holocaust’ History A-level topic, which has previously seen students travel to Auschwitz and return home to share their experiences with the local community.