'Never Forget'

'Never Forget'

Students at Tupton Hall School marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a series of eye-opening educational workshops. 

Sixth Formers listened to a very personal presentation from Freddy Naftel whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1934 to escape Nazi persecution and great-grandmother survived the concentration camps.

Mr Naftel delivered a hard-hitting photo slideshow as a reminder of the genocide committed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

He then described the personal aftermath - his childhood growing up in a Jewish family, how he only learned about the atrocities at the relatively late age of 16, and examples of his own disturbing experiences of anti-semitism and prejudice at school and while working professionally as a teacher. 

Contemporary examples of anti-semitism were shown - grafitti, online abuse, and more - to demonstrate how the problem is still alive today. Mr Naftel posed the all important question: "How would you react if you witnessed any of these behaviours?" 

Closing the session, Mr Leach, deputy head of Sixth Form, told students: "For me, what stands out the most are the contemporary examples that really bring it back to the present day and shows there's still so much prejudice towards all sorts of people. People aren't holding something against another person for what they do, but for who they are. It really helps if we're able to let those people know that it's not acceptable."

Mr Naftel went on to deliver appropriate sessions for younger members of the school community.

Students were also able to take part in a live webcast with Mala Tribich MBE who was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on 15th April 1945.