This week, Year 10 pupils were privileged to join thousands of schools tuning into a live stream with Ruth Posner, a Holocaust survivor.

The online event was organised by The Holocaust Education Trust to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place every year on 27th January (the date of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945).

The Trust aims to raise awareness of the dangers of prejudice and discrimination and to share the stories of individuals, like Ruth, who have been affected by genocide.

Having already focussed on the topic during form time, pupils were able to widen their knowledge and connection to this significant historical event by listening to Ruth’s remarkable story.

[The pupils] are very privileged to be part of the last generation that will be able to hear survivors' stories directly from them

- Mrs Baron, Head of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Ruth Posner was moved into the Warsaw Ghetto, but managed to escape in 1942, before she could be sent to a concentration camp.

As a child she spent a period of time in a German POW camp, but after the end of the war came to Britan as a refugee where she was able to pursue a successful acting career.

Ruth was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to Holocaust education and awareness.

We are so grateful to have had the chance to listen to Ruth’s experience, and to the Holocaust Education Trust for organising this event.