On Thursday 30th January, students from Holme Grange School listened to testimony from Holocaust survivor, Hana Kleiner, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
The testimony gave students a better understanding of the nature of the Holocaust and a real-life example of the impact on individuals like Hana. The visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year-round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.
Mrs Robinson, Headteacher at Holme Grange School said: “It is a privilege for us to welcome Hana Kleiner to our school and her 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 Hana’s 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 MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added: “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. Hana’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing her 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.”
Hana Kleiner’s story was emotional but an inspiration to us all and something that we will all remember for a long time.