Holocaust survivor Steven Frank returned to Theale Green School in May to talk about his wartime experiences with Year 9 students.
Speaking in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), Steven told an inspiration and thought- provoking story of survival.
The talk ended with a question and answer session and the opportunity for students to purchase a signed copy of ‘We R emember’: Extraordinary stories – of kindness, courage and suffering’.
The book is a collection of memoirs of Jewish children who survived under Nazi rule. Each chapter, written by a different survivor in their own words, gives insight into how each family suffered and coped with separation, upheaval and trauma during the Holocaust. Steven Frank is one of the children who survived to tell his story.
Lisa Trood, School Librarian, said : “Many students have since spoken to me about Steven’s visit, saying they were truly moved by his talk. Students expressed how emotional they felt and how inspirational his story was.”
These Year 9 students who heard Steven said:
“Thank you for telling us yo ur amazing story, I learnt so much I didn’t know before and I feel honoured to have met you.”
“Thank you for teaching us an important part of history and being brave enough to talk about such horrific experiences.”
“I had no idea what it was truly like. Yet yesterday you painted a clear picture in my head.”
“Your story inspired me to be strong and never give up.”
“I will never forget your story.”
“Your speech was really inspirational and it made me realise how precious life is.”
“Your talk made me realise the Holocaust is more than a terrible moment in time- it changed MILLIONS of people’s lives.”
A huge than k you to Steven for coming in to share his experiences with our students. It has been one to remember.