December 6 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Thursday, October 10, 2013
The horrors of the Holocaust were laid bare when a couple who fled Germany to escape it visited a Hornchurch school on Monday.
Peter and Marianne Summerfield recounted their experiences to 140 pupils at the Campion School, Wingletye Lane.
They also took part in a question and answer session.
The couple, who were both born in Germany, escaped the Nazis before they could be harmed themselves, but both lost family members to the dictatorship.
Marianne’s grandmothers were murdered in the Auschwitz concentration camp and Peter’s grandmother and uncle were also killed.
The visit, which was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust, included discussions about what Jewish life was like before the Second World War and students also pondered the question of “Where was God?” during the genocide.
Clodagh Keilthy, the school’s subject leader for religious education, said: “Having Mr and Mrs Summerfield present was a fantastic opportunity for the students to individualise the events which shock so much we struggle to engage and, more importantly, learn.
“Their presentation gave the students a genuine insight into the struggles which were endured and the lives that were rebuilt for those who were lucky enough to escape and live.”
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