20 June 2016

Lecture by Holocaust Survivor Ruth Barnett

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On Thursday, Holocaust survivor Ruth Barnett spoke with the Year 9 students about her experiences. Ruth was born Ruth Michaelis in 1935 in Berlin, Germany. She discussed her luck at coming to England on the Kindertransport with her seven-year-old brother, but also the psychological trauma involved with being separated from her parents.  Her father, who was Jewish, escaped to Shanghai. Over the next ten years, Ruth and her brother faced many further challenges, living with three foster families and in a hostel.

She answered several students’ questions and made links between her experience and that of migrants today. The students appreciated Mrs Barnett’s willingness to come and speak, and she said she was very impressed with the quality of our students’ questions and answers. A huge thank you to Ruth for her profoundly interesting talk and to the Holocaust Educational Trust for arranging the visit.

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