Students at Stockton Sixth Form College will hear testimony from Holocaust survivor Marc Schatzberger on Thursday 30th January as part of the college’s efforts to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.
Pupils from the college’s partner schools will join A-level History students in reliving Marc’s story, and will take part in a Q&A session to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth.
The session, organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust, will expand on students’ studies into ‘Hitler and Holocaust’ and follows a recent college visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Students will also be running a series of week-long fundraising activities to raise awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day, and to raise funds for the Trust, which works with schools, colleges and communities across the UK to educate about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance.
Joanna Bailey, Principal of Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “It is a privilege for us to welcome Marc to college and we look forward to hearing his testimony at a time when our students will be working hard to raise awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day.
“Enhancing students’ learning experience with a talk of this kind is an essential part of bringing their learning to life, and will be a powerful reminder of 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 about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Marc’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.”