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Pupils write to Holocaust survivors

PUBLISHED: 09:53 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:50 06 July 2010

AHEAD of Holocaust Memorial Day, Waveney District Council has been visiting schools in the region to teach them about the atrocities that took place.

At Gisleham Middle School, pupils were taught about the forthcoming commemorative day and Kindertransport; the evacuation process which saw young Jewish children bought into the area in 1938 and 1939.

AHEAD of Holocaust Memorial Day, Waveney District Council has been visiting schools in the region to teach them about the atrocities that took place.

At Gisleham Middle School, pupils were taught about the forthcoming commemorative day and Kindertransport; the evacuation process which saw young Jewish children bought into the area in 1938 and 1939.

Year six pupil Emily said: “This day happens on January 27 every year. On this day we remember those who suffered the concentration camps. We especially remember the Jews and the disabled who were targeted the most.”

Amongst the activities that the children undertook were writing poems, letters to survivors and reports of their work.

“In class we have been learning about the holocaust and the Kindertransport. We have been expressing the feelings of those who were victims of the holocaust and kindertransport,” said year six pupil Adam.

Year six pupil Olivia wrote this letter:

“Dear Survivor, I am writing to you because I would like you to answer some of my questions.

First of all we have been learning about some of the survivors that lived at the time of the Holocaust and about the Holocaust Memorial Day.

My first question is: How did you react when your mum said that you were going to go to England and live there without me. I would have wanted to cry and cry because I love my family very much but I would be grateful because I would be safer in the country side.

My second question is what was the train like? Was it dark, warm, smelly, cramped or light? If I was on that train I would like it to be a lot of space and light and it to have a lot of food and drink. That is all my questions and I hope you can answer them all.”

Anyone with any views, memories or photos of the arrival of Jewish evacuees to Lowestoft and Southwold is asked to contact Jo by calling 01502 523186 or emailing jo.mccallum@waveney.gov.uk

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