Stu­dents are on mes­sage

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE WEYBRIDGE-BASED North West Sur­rey Syn­a­gogue wel­comed 530 pupils from lo­cal schools over the HMD pe­riod for an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme.

Speak­ers in­cluded Marion Strehlow, who was in­car­cer­ated in There­sien­stadt from the age of five un­til her lib­er­a­tion as an 11-year-old. Af­ter hear­ing about her ex­pe­ri­ences and ask­ing ques­tions, pupils from Heath­side School lit me­mo­rial can­dles. They also handed Mrs Strehlow per­sonal mes­sages they had writ­ten to her.

Heath­side teacher Nick Went­land said: “It was very hard for them to com­pre­hend how such a young child could have en­dured such ter­ri­ble treat­ment. The les­son the pupils will take with them is Mrs Strehlow’s per­spec­tive that even af­ter all she ex­pe­ri­enced, she did not feel any hate for her per­se­cu­tors.”

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