Last Updated: Friday, February 17, 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day

Students at North Lindsey College commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day by participating in a live webinar set up by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Students at North Lindsey College commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day by participating in a live webinar set up by the Holocaust Educational Trust.
The webinar was broadcast all over England and students had a chance to write in questions for the speaker, Mala Tribich, who relived her harrowing story of when she was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

North Lindsey College students observed the live webcast in the Events Centre to listen to Mala and witness her testimony which she said: “Felt like something out of hell.” She also stated that her story should be a warning of what can happen when a society breaks down.
Mala delivered the inspiring webinar with the focus on ‘How can life go on?’.

Students at the College were privileged to hear about her life.  Mala now works for the Holocaust Educational Trust which works in schools, universities and in the community to raise awareness and understanding of the Holocaust.  She has had a happy life despite her traumatic experiences.

Mala was born in 1930 and came from the Polish town of Piotrków, which was the first place in Poland to have a ghetto. All Jews were removed from their homes, deprived of their freedom, their possessions, all human rights and forced to live in very overcrowded conditions. Mala was incarcerated in various concentration camps in appalling conditions. By the time she was liberated in 1945, Mala and her brother Ben were the sole survivors of their family.  Mala spoke of how her father died whilst trying to escape, just four days before liberation.

Emotions ran high as students listened to Mala’s account, giving them a renewed sense of determination that such abuses of humanity cannot be repeated in the future.

James Woodcock, (Level 3 Diploma in Financing and Accounting) student commented, “Inspiring listening to a first-hand account.  I was aware of things that happened but not to that great extent.  I learnt to respect everyone, their religions and their beliefs.”

 

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