A SURVIVOR of the Holocaust was the guest of honour at a special gathering in TyneMet College.
Eva Clarke gave a presentation and workshop to delegates at the recent North East British Youth Council convention held at the Coast Road campus.
The convention was open to all TyneMet College and Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College students and more than 100 delegates attended on the day.
Eva told the story of how she was born in a concentration camp in Austria in 1945.
She talked about the death of her father, her grandparents and many other family members who were sent to various concentration camps.
She recalled her mother’s concentration camp experience and her eventual emigration to the UK with her in 1948.
Eva speaks regularly at schools and colleges, promoting the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust and by spreading the word, hopes to keep the trust and its message alive.
Doug Hallam, regional democracy co-ordinator for the council, said: “Not only was the presentation from Eva Clarke and the other facilitators inspiring and engaging, the young people themselves were also.
“They came from across the region, by bus, train, taxi and foot to take part in a day where we all remembered what democracy today cost.”
Other areas focused upon throughout the day covered child poverty, raising awareness of discrimination whilst also looking at the main issues of the young people in the north east and what campaigns the region wants to see debated in the House of Commons.
The council is based at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College in North Shields.