Holocaust survivor visits South Yorkshire academy

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Barnsley Academy students learnt about the horrors of the holocaust when survivor Marc Schatzberger visited the school last week.

Originally from Vienna, Austria, Marc was one of the first children to come to Britain as part of the Kinder Transport programme (an organised rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War), when both his parents felt that he would be safer in the UK during the reign of the Nazi’s.

Whilst Marc escaped, sadly his parents were imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where they both died.

Remaining in Britain to this day, Marc trained as an engineer, but has never forgotten about his experiences and works with the Holocaust Educational Trust, giving talks to schools.

Whilst at Barnsley Academy, Marc gave a presentation to Year 9 students, covering the following key messages:

Recognise and combat incitement to hatred

Respect different cultures

Do not discriminate against people of different origin and/or appearance

Recognise the difficulties faced by refugees from hostile environments

Commented Barnsley Academy Principal Mr Stephen Dixon: “Sadly, the messages from the Holocaust still ring true today and we are very grateful to Simon and the Holocaust Educational Trust for taking the time to visit the academy and talk to our students about this dark time in history and the lessons we must all learn from it.”

Karen Pollock, 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.

“Marc’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing his testimony, students had 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.”

For further information, please contact Nigel Barber on 07590 806 143.