First Jewish school attends largest Holocaust learning programme in the UK
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Wednesday 5th February 2020

100 students from JFS recently attended the Holocaust Learning UK programme at Belmont Synagogue. This coincided with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

JFS is the first Jewish school to participate in the HLUK programme, which has been an annual event since 2002. Students participated in educational workshops and listened to the testimony of Manfred Goldberg BEM, a survivor of the Riga Ghetto and the death marches.

A candle was lit in honour of the memory of former school governor and founder member at Belmont Synagogue Hermann Hirschberger MBE, who passed away on January 1st, and whose parents perished in Auschwitz.

As well as JFS, students from Hatch End High School, Whitefriars, Park High and Shaftesbury Schools heard from survivors Mala Tribich MBE and Zigi Shipper BEM, as well as Holocaust educator Helen Stone.

A JFS student wrote that her great-grandmother was a survivor of the Holocaust who died when she was just four years old, and didn’t truly understand what she had experienced before listening to Manfred Goldberg’s testimony. Another student wrote that he would take what he had learned to heart and do everything he could to ensure nothing like the Holocaust happens again.


By Sharon Laifer