Ambassadors from Neston High School have been to London to learn more about the Holocaust.
Alicia Sinclair and Dulcie Wilkinson attended the Lord Merlyn-Rees Memorial lecture at the Houses of Parliament in London.
The invitation came from the Holocaust Education Trust, a Government funded charity that aims to educate young people around the world on the events of the Holocaust in order to spread the message of acceptance and the importance of tolerance. Lord Merlyn-Rees was a founding member of the Holocaust Education Trust.
Alicia said: “As we waited to enter Parliament we had the chance to catch up with Zigi Shipper, a Holocaust survivor who we had met several times before.
“He thanked us for our work in helping to educate the younger students of Neston High School on the events of the Holocaust which was a very surreal moment!”
They heard from the UK Minister for culture, communications and creative industries, Ed Vaizey, about his involvement with the trust. He spoke of his visit to Yad Vashem in which he discovered that he had relatives who had died in the Holocaust.
They then heard from Thomas Harding, the author of Hanns and Rudolf, who did a live Q&A session about his journey of discovery into the Nazi regime that started when he found out that his Uncle Hanns was responsible for the capture and imprisonment of many Nazi war criminals.
Dulcie said: “It was an extremely interesting and heart-warming evening as we heard from all corners of the world how the Holocaust had affected people and we had the chance to catch up with the Holocaust survivors, who were as interesting and inspirational as they always are.
“It was an amazing evening, spent in the company of inspirational and ‘one of a kind’ human beings.”
Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged that a Holocaust memorial will be designed and placed in the centre of London this year.
Neston High School held a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony on January 27 in the main entrance of school.
The theme for the 2014 Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27) was Journeys, encouraging people to learn how journeys themselves became part of genocide and about the life stories of journeys that brought survivors to the UK.