On Tuesday 26th February, Holyrood students heard a testimony from Holocaust survivor, Henry Schachter, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET). The testimony was followed by a question and answer session, enabling students 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, which is available to schools across the UK.
Mr Matthew Collins, Headteacher at Holyrood Academy said, “It is a privilege for us to welcome Henry Schachter 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 Henry’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”
Throughout the day, selected students were welcomed to a range of workshops held by a representative from the Trust who guided students through in-depth activities to enhance their wider understanding of the Holocaust. Mrs Michelle Sullivan, Head of Religious Studies at Holyrood said: "It was a really moving day for everyone involved. Many students have been studying the Holocaust this term and to be able to develop their learning through sessions like these has been a real benefit. Listening to Henry talk was absolutely incredible; students were visibly moved and very impressed with his tale of survival."
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. Henry’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.
“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.”