Challoner Students Welcome Holocaust Survivor

Around a hundred Year 12 and 13 students listened to a moving testimony given last week by Holocaust survivor, Zigi Shipper, as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive Outreach Programme.

The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. Questions ranged from whether Mr Shipper thought he wouldn’t ever survive, to what his views were about putting former Nazis on trial.

Commenting on the impact of Mr Shipper’s testimony, Mr Doran, History Teacher and Director of Sixth Form Studies, said: “Zigi Shipper’s optimistic and selfless commitment to young people is an inspiration to staff and students. It was a privilege for us to welcome Zigi to our school and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Zigi’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”