Pupils moved by Shoah sto­ries

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JAY GRENBY

THE AN­NUAL North­wood Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day pro­gramme this year saw more than 3,000 pupils from 49 schools in Hert­ford­shire, Bed­ford­shire, Berk­shire, Har­row and Hilling­don hear first-hand tes­ti­mony from a sur­vivor and par­tic­i­pate in an ed­u­ca­tional work­shop.

And the im­pact on stu­dents was il­lus­trated by post­cards they sent to the sur­vivors who ad­dressed them.

“Your talk re­ally touched me,” Chloe, from Queenswood School, Hat­field, wrote to Eve Ku­gler. “My wish for the fu­ture, like yours, is for ev­ery­one to be open-minded and un­der­stand all hu­mans are equal. I will cer­tainly share my ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Emily, from Ab­bot’s Hill School, Hemel Hemp­stead, wrote to Freda Wine­man: “You were prob­a­bly one of the most in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple I have ever had the priv­i­lege to lis­ten to. I can’t be­lieve your strength, your courage and even your mes­sage: ‘En­joy ev­ery day and be thank­ful for your free­dom.’ You have made me see the world and my life in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent way.”

An­other Ab­bot’s Hill pupil, El­iz­a­beth, wrote that “to speak out and the younger gen­er­a­tions of the hor­rors you faced takes im­mea­sur­able brav­ery. But in do­ing so you have in­spired me to be a voice of change and to en­cour­age oth­ers to ques­tion what they be­lieve. Thank you, with much love and huge re­spect.”

Six shuls hosted the 10-day pro­gramme — the Bore­ham­wood and El­stree, Wat­ford, Bushey and North­wood US con­gre­ga­tions, North­wood and Pin­ner Lib­eral Syn­a­gogue and, for the first time this year, Har­row’s Mo­saic Jewish Com­mu­nity.

The fi­nal event was a cer­e­mony ad­dressed by sur­vivor Mala Tribich.

Ab­bot’s Hill pupils with Freda Wine­man

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