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Woodside High Welcomes Holocaust Survivor, Joan Salter

On Friday 20th January, 180 Year 9 students from Woodside High School heard testimony from Holocaust survivor, Joan Salter, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. Students and staff were visibly moved by Joan’s story and asked some really insightful questions. Joan said that if she had one piece of advice for young people today it would be not to hate anyone and to always stand up against bullying.

Gerry Robinson and Elma Mc Elligott, Co-Heads at Woodside High School said:

“It was a privilege for us to welcome Joan Salter to our school and her testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Joan’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”

"It was really inspiring to hear Joan's story. I particularly liked her message of peace - to never discriminate or be prejudiced and to celebrate difference."

Amerisa Nutaj, Year 9, Woodside High School

"It was really powerful to hear directly from someone who experienced the Holocaust."

Lahmar Rose-Edgar, Year 9, Woodside High School

"Having Joan visit helps us to understand more deeply what happened during the Holocaust and the importance of not allowing the past to repeat itself."

Sadaf Khan, Year 9, Woodside High School

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added:

“The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Joan’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing her testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead. 

“At the Trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”

Following her visit, Joan Salter wrote to the school to say:

“Thank you for the warm welcome you and your school gave me on Friday.  Please congratulate your students on the way they listened so intently to my talk and the wonderful questions they asked. I was truly gratified by the reception I received.”