Strode’s College welcomes survivor from the Holocaust Educational Trust

Strode’s College students were given a powerful reminder regarding the importance of democracy and tolerance with a visit from John Dobai, a Holocaust survivor. John shared his story with over 100 students of living in Nazi-occupied Hungary and the loss of many family members in Auschwitz.

John likened his experience to the hatred of today and the need for everyone to be aware of the slow ways in which hatred can creep in, even in a most civilised and cultured country. Generously taking questions to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth his advice was: “Even in very small ways we need to stand up to racism and challenge all comments and actions which sow discord in society today.”

His message certainly hit home with second year A Level student Fredrick White saying: “Talks like this are really important so we are not ignorant of what humans are capable of. They also help to prevent instances of genocide in the future.”

Commenting on the importance of hearing first-hand what happened in the Holocaust, Bernadette Joslin (Assistant Principal – Student Services), said: “It is a privilege for us to welcome John Dobai to our college 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 John’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”

The Holocaust Educational Trust aims is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today. The Trust works in schools, universities and in the community to raise awareness and understanding of the Holocaust, providing teacher training, an outreach programme for schools, teaching aids and resource material.

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