Sir George joined Year 9 students at Harrow Way Community School on January 29 to listen to Walter Kammerling an 87 year old Holocaust Survivor.
"This was one of the most moving talks I have listened to, as Walter explained how he was given refuge in this country just before the war, but lost his mother, his father and his sister in Auschwitz. His talk was illustrated with documents from the 1930s, which showed the persecution from which the Jews suffered from well before the war began. Walter put the Holocaust in the broader context of the take over of Austria by Hitler's Germany, and the systematic discrimination against Jewish people thereafter. For example, the number of flats in which Jews lived in Vienna was reduced from 70,000 to 26,000, although before Hitler took over the Jews were well integrated into the Viennese community. Walter met his wife, a fellow refugee, in this country in 1938, and they married in 1944. Although they went back to Vienna after the war, they found it difficult to settle there because of the memories that came back to them, and they now live in this country in Bournemouth. During the war, Walter volunteered to join our Armed Forces."
The Holocaust Educational Trust provide speakers to schools, so the Holocaust has a permanent place in the nation's collective memory, and so awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and it's relevance today in schools and amongst the wider public is maintained.