Last week over 200 staff and students from Collyer’s heard a testimony from Holocaust survivor Professor Ladislaus Löb
as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
The visit was part of HET’s extensive all year round outreach programme, which is available to schools and colleges.
Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of HET explained: “The 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’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.”
Professor Löb told the audience that he was extremely impressed that so many had attended the talk. After his 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 Professor Löb to our college and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced.
“We are grateful to the HET for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that hearing Ladislaus’ testimony will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”
Karen Pollock MBE 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.”