TO recognise Holocaust Memorial Day, Year 10 History students from Harrow Way Community School heard testimony from survivor Walter Kammerling.

The visit was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET), which was established in 1988 to educate young people from every ethnic background about the Holocaust.

As part of their history curriculum the students have been studying Nazi Germany.

Caroline Essop, Harrow Way curriculum leader, history, said: “It is a privilege for us to have welcomed Walter Kammerling to our school and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced.

“We are grateful to the HET for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Walter’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 MBE, chief executive of the HET said: “The HET 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.

“Walter’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.”

The visit is part of the HET’s extensive all year round outreach programme, which is available to schools across the UK.