Y9 Historians Visit The National Holocaust Centre
Thursday 20th December 2018

Our Year 9 historians visited the National Holocaust Centre on Thursday 13th December.

At the start of the visit students received an introduction from one of the experienced educators at the Centre who encouraged them to focus on the role of the individual and the choices they made between 1933 and 1945. Students were then given a specific question to investigate using information from the memorial gardens and exhibition.

Students were also lucky to have the unique opportunity to listen to Holocaust survivor Simon Winston and ask him questions which further deepened their knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust. Simon was born in 1938, in Radzivillov which at that time was in Poland, and is now in Ukraine. He lived happily with his family until the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. In 1941 Nazi soldiers arrived in Radzivillov, and a ghetto was established. Simon and his family were held there until September 1942, when Simon’s father engineered their escape using some of the gold he had previously hidden. The family then went into hiding, and remained in hiding until just prior to the end of the Second World War when Russian troops liberated the area. Simon and his family moved from D.P camp to D.P camp before eventually coming to England and settling in Nottingham.

The students found listening to Simon’s story an incredibly moving experience and the day was a very appropriate end to the students’ lessons on the Holocaust.

James Griffiths (Director of Learning) at the National Holocaust Centre, said: ‘The learning programmes at The National Holocaust Centre encourage students to focus on the importance of the ‘choices’ individuals make. They also teach students about the consequences of not challenging discrimination and propaganda and failing to value diversity.’


For more information about the National Holocaust Centre, Simon’s story, and to follow them either visit: or or @HolocaustCentUK


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