Chailey School was privileged to receive a visit on the 29th January by Professor Ladislaus Lob who spoke to Year 9 students about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor after being sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the age of 11.
The visit was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust. He described his childhood in Hungary during the German occupation and his deportation to Bergen-Belsen where he spent five months with his father before being sent to Switzerland. He remained in Zurich and eventually came to the UK in 1963 where he became professor of German at the University of Sussex. He retired in 1998 and now visits schools and colleges across the country to talk about his experiences during the Holocaust. His talk was followed by a questions and answers session.
The visit will support the students’ knowledge and understanding of World War II and they all found Professor Lob’s testimony of his experiences interesting, informative and moving.
One student commented “I really enjoyed the talk because I thought it was very factual and interesting. I especially enjoyed the fact that Professor Lob was extremely positive even though he has been through so much. He could remember everything and described it in so much detail that I could imagine it”.
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