Pupils at Kennington’s Towers School were moved by a visit from Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper.
One hundred and fifty Year 9 and 10 students from the school in Faversham Road heard testimony from Mr Shipper last Friday in a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
In the morning the pupils were involved in an educational programme about the Holocaust and its relevance to the world we live in today.
The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth.
The visit was part of the HET’s Outreach Programme.
Towers School principal Richard Billings said: “It was a privilege for us to welcome Zigi Shipper to our school 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 Zigi’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”
Students responded to the talk immediately, many staying behind after the school day to speak to Zigi and ask personal questions.
Many took photographs with him as a lasting reminder of the event and others wrote heartfelt letters of thanks.
Holocaust survivor Zigi organised the visit in