Holocaust survivor’s message to students

Holocaust survivor Simon Winson who gave a talk to students at the Garibaldi College.
Holocaust survivor Simon Winson who gave a talk to students at the Garibaldi College.

Youngsters at a Forest Town school had history brought to life this week when they were visited by Holocaust survivor Simon Winston.

Mr Winston, who was born in the Ukraine and survived the Nazi genocide, regularly talks to students as his work as a volunteer for the National Holocaust Centre in Museum near New Ollerton.

And he visited Garibaldi College, in Garibaldi Road, in preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day, with events planned for 27th and 28th January.

Mr Winston, who lives in Sutton, told Chad: “The feedback I get from students and teachers is so positive that I want to come back again and again.

“They either tell me directly or I hear about what they have written and discussed at school.

“They are painful memories for me but I don’t want the students to be pained in the same way. They can do something about it - now.

“They should be able to recognise discrimination and help prevent it. Likewise, they should not tolerate racial abuse. They should not vote for someone who discriminates unfairly or someone who promotes racial abuse.”

Students at Garibaldi have been studying the Holocaust since the start of the year, and will also be visiting the Holocaust centre.

Two sixth-formers will also be taking part in the annual Lessons From Auschwitz programme run by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The programme takes two students from every school in country on a 24-hour visit to the site of the former concentration camp in Poland.

A school spokesman said: “For the last four years students and staff have taken part in the project and used their experiences to help students understand the events that took place there.”