School welcomes Holocaust survivor

Lisburn students recently met

Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke is pictured with students, teachers and Mr David Mitchell, Lisburn City Council's Good Relations Officer, who attended the recent event at Friends School.

Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke during a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust in association with Lisburn City Council’s Good Relations Programme.

More than 250 pupils from Friends’ School, Wallace High School, St. Patrick’s High School and Laurelhill Community College were captivated by Eva’s personal account of her experience and the opportunity to understand the nature of the Holocaust and explore it in more depth.

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Iris Bradfield, Head of the History Department at Friends’ School said: “It was a privilege for us to welcome Eva Clarke to our school and her testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust and Lisburn City Council’s Good Relations Programme for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Eva’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 Holocaust Educational Trust said: “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. Eva’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing her 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 Council’s Good Relations Programme receives financial support from OFMDFM.