Sheffield pupils’ second visit from Holocaust survivor

Zigi Shipper at Sheffield Park Academy.
Zigi Shipper at Sheffield Park Academy.
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Horrors of the Holocaust were brought home to pupils at a Sheffield school when a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp came to share his memories.

Zigi Shipper talked to youngsters at Sheffield Park Academy on the Manor during a return visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The 84-year-old paid his first visit to the school last year and his stories made such an impact staff were keen for him to return.

Students from Years 8 and 10 heard of Mr Shipper’s experiences as a young boy living under the Nazis, including the time he spent in the Lodz ghetto in Poland and the notorious Auschwitz and Birkenau death camps.

Organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust, the visit sought to help demonstrate where prejudice, racism and hatred can ultimately lead, through the eyes of someone who experienced it first hand.

Headteacher Craig Dillon said: “We all have a collective duty to ensure that these lessons from the past are never forgotten – something that the trust works incredibly hard to achieve and which we are only too happy to support.

“Mr Shipper’s testimony remains a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We hope the visit will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”

Karen Pollock, Trust chief executive, added: “We seek to tell the story of the Holocaust through lessons taught by survivors such as Ziggi, whilst also helping ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost.”