Holocaust survivor guest at Monifieth High School

LAST night (Thursday), the public in Angus and Dundee were scheduled to have what might be their last ever chance to hear an eye-witness account of the Holocaust.

Survivor Harry Bibring was due to fly up specially from London to speak at a public meeting in Monifieth High School, organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

Holocaust Survivors are now very scarce and there are few who still travel to speak to audiences.

Mr Bibring’s poignant memories were to be followed by a question and answer session to enable the audience to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth.

Mr Richard Coton, Monifieth High headteacher, commented: “It is a privilege for us to welcome Harry Bibring to our school and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Harry’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Harry’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing his testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.

“At the Trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”