Survivor gives students insight into the Holocaust

Eva Clarke and students who visited Auschwitz as part of the Lessons from Auschwitz project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Eva Clarke and students who visited Auschwitz as part of the Lessons from Auschwitz project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

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Young and old came together to hear the first hand account of one of the darkest times in history.

Holocaust survivor Eva Clark spoke to students, parents and staff at St Thomas More RC Academy, in North Shields, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Eva’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances

Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust

After the testimony, students were able to take part in a question and answer session with Mrs Clarke, who was born in a concentration camp in April 1945, to help better understand the nature of the Holocaust.

A school spokesperson said: “It is a privilege for us to welcome Eva Clarke to our school and her 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 Eva’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, MBE, chief executive of the 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.

“Eva’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing her testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.

“At the trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”