Thursday 11th November 2010 by C. Freeman
Year 11 students went on a thought-provoking trip to the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre near Nottingham. They saw a variety of displays, statues, exhibits and videos which detailed the major facts about the Holocaust alongside more personal accounts from survivors.
The museum, founded 15 years ago, is the only one of its kind in Britain. It ‘promotes an understanding of the roots of discrimination and prejudice, and the development of ethical values, leading to a greater understanding within society. The Centre uses the history of genocide as a model of how society can break down, and emphasises how current and future generations must carefully examine and learn from these tragedies.’
The students listened to a holocaust survivor’s story. His family ensured he and his brother had safe passage to Britain and he was fostered here while his parents, grandparents and immediate family were rounded up and perished in the death camps.
Teacher Ms Pieretto said: ‘The museum was small but very beautifully done. Most of the students found the experience of listening to the holocaust survivor something that they could take away forever, it wasn’t the exhibition, it wasn’t the place, it was actually hearing his personal story. It was inspirational.
‘There were a lot of sculptures and paintings there and beautiful stained glass windows which depicted journeys that the Jewish people had taken. It was quite a draining experience but one that all students should go through as it was a privilege to spend time with a person who has actually experienced these things, because those people are getting fewer and fewer.’