On Thursday 12th July 2012, Year 9 students will be taken off timetable as part of the Humanities Department Holocaust Day. This will be an opportunity for students to explore the relevance of the Holocaust to our world today and to understand how this event affected millions of ordinary family lives much like their own. During the day they will also hear testimony from Holocaust survivor, Zigi Shipper, as part of a visit organized by the Humanities Departments and the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
The testimony will be followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.
The school would like to invite parents of Year 9 students to also attend the survivor’s talk itself so that they too can share in the experience of this remarkable man. Zigi is an 82 year old survivor of the Holocaust and is a very charismatic person who recently spoke to the English Football team prior to Euro 2012.
Tony Downing, the Principal of Caroline Chisholm School says:
“It is a privilege for us to welcome Zigi Shipper to our school and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. I am grateful to the Humanities Department and the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and I hope that by hearing Zigi’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, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust adds:
“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. Zigi’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.”
Parents of Year 9 students have been sent a letter via e-mail or via their tutor providing more information on this event. Those wishing to attend this event at CCS need to complete and return the slip that is on the bottom of that letter before Friday 29th June indicating which session they would like to attend.