Holocaust survivor visit
In January, The Community College Whitstable was priviledged to hear testimony from a Holocaust survivor, Henri Obstfeld, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
The testimony was heard by pupils from Years 10, 11 and 13, followed by a question and answer session to enable pupils to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme.
Mrs Gibson, Headteacher said:
“It is a privilege for us to welcome Henri Obstfeld to our school and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Henri’s testimony, it will help pupils develop empathy with people who have faced great adversity”.
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added:
“The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Henri’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.”