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Holocaust Survivor Visits Arnold Hill Academy

As part of the Year 9 curriculum in History, and Beliefs, Philosophy and Ethics, students are learning about the social impact of the Holocaust and how discrimination against the Jews culminated in the Holocaust as we know it today. 

On Wednesday 20th January, Holocaust survivor Simon Winston came into school to deliver a talk to 90 Year 9 students about his experiences of World War Two and the Holocaust. His story captured the pupils’ imagination and they were hooked on his every word.

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Whilst Simon did not go to the concentration camps, he was in hiding for several years, and he and his family were forced into several moral dilemmas throughout their time. He discussed the importance of recognising prejudices and discrimination and encouraged students to stand up against hatred. Students had the opportunity to discuss with Simon other impacts the Holocaust had had on him; such as the effects it has had on his family, education, friendships and his faith as a Jewish person.

The Humanities faculty would like to thank Simon Winston and the Holocaust Memorial Centre for taking the time to speak to our Year 9 students, and enhancing their learning experience of the Holocaust in History and Beliefs, Philosophy and Ethics.