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Old Swinford Hospital Welcomes Survivor from the Holocaust Educational Trust

Published Tuesday 17th of January 2012 11:58:49 AM

An audience of over 200, including A Level students, was privileged to hear a testimony from 82-year-old Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper, as part of a visit organised through the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) to Old Swinford Hospital, Stourbridge.

The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. During the day, the HET gave various workshops to other year groups in the School, exploring, analyzing and debating issues relating to the Holocaust. The visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust�s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.

17-year-old student Adut Ayik gave her views on the event. �I know that many students, including myself, feel deeply privileged to have met such an incredible individual. There are many things that we can only learn through experience and the values shared here seem to be one of them. It is indisputable that we should all feel fortunate and blessed with what we have.�

�It�s of imperative importance to honour the memory of the victims and utilise the lessons taught by the survivors. If Zigi Shipper has taught us anything, it is to avoid complaining about trivial matters, cherish our loved ones and enjoy life. He concluded the testimony with the compelling words - do not hate."

Mr Peter Jones, Headmaster at Old Swinford Hospital said:
�It was a privilege for us to welcome Zigi Shipper to our School and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We hope that by hearing Zigi�s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.�

Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added: �Zigi�s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing his testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.�
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