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Holocaust survivor talks to school students about concentration camp ordeal
THE reality of World War II concentration camps was brought to life for pupils at a Bournemouth school.
Holocaust survivor Mark Goldfinger described his ordeal during a visit to Talbot Heath in Rothesay Road.
The 83-year-old told senior school pupils how his childhood was spent in seven labour and concentration camps before his eventual liberation from Buchenwald camp in 1945.
Around 300 11 to 18-year-old pupils listened intently to Mr Goldfinger’s talk, alongside staff and former pupils.
All Talbot Heath pupils study the holocaust as part of GCSE history and Year 7 students learn about human rights as part of their lessons in global citizenship.
Headteacher Angharad Holloway said: “The students were so engaged by what he had to say and so inspired that they wanted to find out more.
“They were able to compare their own lives with Mr Goldfinger’s childhood and they found that particularly moving.”
Mr Goldfinger, who lives in the Bournemouth area, told how he and his sister survived the War while other family members perished.
Mrs Holloway added: “He also told how he felt fortunate to have lived and felt he had been watched over by a guardian angel because he was in terrible danger on so many occasions.”
She said all members of the senior school were invited to the talk “because I felt it was very important for them to hear what he had to say”.
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