Stu­dent joins Holo­caust trib­ute

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A SIXTH form stu­dent took part in a mov­ing trib­ute at Auschwitz to mark Holo­caust Memo­rial Day.

Jake Man­ton, from Old­ham, joined his teacher Mark Hes­keth, on a re­cent trip to the con­cen­tra­tion camp.

The Manch­ester Gram­mar School pupil lis­tened to Holo­caust sur­vivor Zigi Ship­per be­fore tak­ing part in a poignant com­mem­o­ra­tion ser­vice – where can­dles were placed along the rail­way track at Birke­nau.

Jake, 16, said: “Hear­ing Zigi speak was in­cred­i­bly in­spir­ing.

“His tes­ti­mony was a mind-blow­ing sur­vival story, but his re­ac­tion to the aw­ful events was the most mem­o­rable thing for me.

“He said ‘What­ever you do, don’t hate,’ and ‘I can’t be­lieve what a priv­i­leged life I have lived’.

“How some­one who has gone through so much can re­main so pos­i­tive and refuse to push blame onto any­body else for what has in­ex­pli­ca­bly hap­pened, I will never know.

“He is an ex­am­ple that many more of us need to follow.

“I would rec­om­mend vis­it­ing this or another con­cen­tra­tion camp, as it is an ex­pe­ri­ence that you will learn from, re­mem­ber, and re­flect on for the rest of your life.”

On his re­turn to school, Jake cre­ated an ex­hi­bi­tion about his trip and gave as­sem­blies and talks to share his ex­pe­ri­ence.

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