Holocaust survivor visits Wickersley
Friday 1st April 2016

On 30th March, Wickersley hosted an event on behalf of the Anne Frank Trust to mark the work the Trust has done in Rotherham over the last six months. The event was a special chance for representatives from Wickersley School, Thrybergh Academy and Oakwood High School to gather together and celebrate the work done by the Ambassadors of the Anne Frank Trust, both at their own school exhibitions and at the larger exhibition at Riverside Library in Rotherham.


“This whole experience has been truly inspirational and a great way to learn. It just teaches us all that there is still injustice going on in the world, and we should make it our priority to treat others with respect.” -Phoebe Downing

The audience was made up of proud parents, grandparents, friends and teachers, as well as local people from the community. After recognising the work done by the Ambassadors, the audience was privileged to hear from Holocaust survivor Iby Knill. Ivy recalled her happy childhood in Czechoslovakia and increasingly troubled teenage years, as persecution of the Jewish people intensified and Iby had to leave school, was ostracised by her friends, and made to wear a yellow star in public. After being warned that young girls were being sent to the Eastern Front, Iby’s mother sent her away from home and she was eventually smuggled across the border into Hungary where she ended up living with a solicitor who worked in the resistance. She was eventually imprisoned and tortured for information on the resistance movement, but later let out on parole and worked as a nanny for a family member. In May 1944, the Germans occupied Hungary and Iby was rounded up with the Hungarian Jews and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau as a Jewish, political prisoner. Iby moved to several other camps before being liberated by American troops on Easter Sunday 1945.


Iby is now 93 years old, and she finished her story with words of warning to the audience about their responsibility to ensure that prejudice and discrimination do not take root in society again. She also drew lots of parallels with the current refugee crisis occurring in Europe. Iby finished by presenting the Ambassadors with a copy of Anne Frank’s diary and a pledge that will be signed and displayed in school to mark our commitment to stamping out prejudice. It was an unforgettable experience for all who were there.

“It has been an emotional journey for all the tour guides and Iby’s story was just unreal and amazing to hear.” -Aaron Smith

“You hear about people living in Germany at the time, but to listen to how it wasn’t just Germans, but the countries around Germany that were affected is also important.” -Will Topham

“We must always remember to look back conscientiously, however, we must never forget to look ahead optimistically. -Yasmin Aziz

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