Boys' Holocaust Lesson
Thursday, 27 January 2011
History really was brought to life for twenty seven boys from Bolton School when they met Auschwitz survivor, Arek Hersh MBE. The pupils from across Years 9 to 12 met Arek at the Imperial War Museum North as they took part in Holocaust Memorial Day: Untold Stories.
Mr Hersh shared his amazing story, through a presentation, dvd and workshop and told the boys of how, at age 11, he was first sent to a concentration camp. The audience, which included three other schools, was enthralled by his story as he recalled how he had saved his life by jumping from a queue of people that could not work to a queue of people that could, when the guards were not looking.
This was the tenth Holocaust Memorial Day and the day also focused on subsequent genocides. The 27th of January is a significant date as it was when, in 1945, the Soviet troops liberated the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.