Pupils moved by Shoah stories
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