Eastbourne Children Learn About Holocaust

Thursday 26th January 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Gildredge House Holocaust

Children at an Eastbourne school have been learning what life was like during Holocaust. 

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Gildredge House welcomed Dorit Oliver-Wolff to talk to the students about her experiences in Hungary, where as a small Jewish child, she spent years hiding from the Nazis. 

Head Teacher, Mrs Lea Gilbert said, “It was a privilege and great pleasure to welcome Dorit Oliver-Wolff back to Gildredge House. To have lived through the Holocaust is a miracle, given the fact that she lost many other family members. Her survival is surely testament to her remarkable spirit, which even at 80 years of age was very much in evidence as she delivered her extraordinary tale with energy and earthy humour. As one of our students said afterwards, ‘I don’t think any of us will forget Dorit in a long time!’” 

Tonight (26 January) at Eastbourne Town Hall, Eastbourne Faiths Forum is holding its own event at 7pm, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Dorit will again speak, along with the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Pat Hearn and performances from Come All Nations Choir and The International Voice Orchestra.

Carolyn Heaps, Eastbourne Borough Council’s Faiths Champion, said, ‘‘It is really important to remember the past to ensure that the horrendous crimes, discrimination and victimisation committed during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides are neither forgotten nor repeated.  Every member of the community is welcome to attend this event.”

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