Wednesday, February 2, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

This afternoon at the Floral Pavilion I attended the Wirral Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration.  This is an event attended by about 800 pupils from eight senior schools.  The event was opened, and closed, by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Alan Jennings. 

Many pupils were involved in presentations about their experiences, including some who have visited Auschwitz.   The highlight of the afternoon was a talk from Rudi Oppenheimer who tells his story before, through and after the Holocaust. He and his family spent quite a lot of time in Bergen Belsen camp.  You could tell how good was his talk, as even with 800 youngsters in the theatre, you could hear a pin drop, and the applause at the end was rapturous.

I have heard Rudi’s talk before and that of his brother Paul, who died 4 years ago.  Every time it is totally enlightening and puts a lot of our every day troubles into perspective.  Thanks to organiser Deidre Smith, (and her team) who is Wirral’s Principal Manager for Humanities, for an excellent afternoon which should benefit many of our school pupils.

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