Students learn the horrors of the Holocaust
A HOLOCAUST survivor has been sharing his story with students across the city.
Solly Irving visited school children and students this week to talk about the suffering he and fellow Jews endured at the hands of the Nazis in World War Two.
Mr Irving was the only member of his family to survive the Nazi concentration camps and the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany and her allies which killed six million Jews during the Second World War.
He was set free from the Theresienstadt concentration camp near Prague in 1945. Of Poland's 3.3 million Jews, more than 90 per cent died.
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Solly was one of the first 300 children to be brought to Britain after the Government declared the country would take in 1,000 Jewish children from Solly's area of Poland.
The visits are arranged through Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity, in St Judes.
Jonathan Marshall, religious education advisor for Plymouth schools, said Solly was speaking to 12 groups, finishing today.
"He usually talks to groups of 200 students and shares his personal testimony of a Jewish Holocaust survivor," he said.
"Students listen in silence and are always in awe by his descriptions of life as a young Jewish boy trying to survive the Nazi concentration camps.
"He reminds us all, and especially young people, the importance of learning from the past in order to create a better present and future based on the values of respect, understanding and compassion for those we see as being different from ourselves."
The series of informal talks with question and answer sessions builds up to Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday, January 27.
The annual civic commemoration will be at 2.35pm in The English Garden, Mount Edgcumbe.