Student joins Holocaust tribute
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.