Holocaust Survivor Visit

8th November 2016

On the 8th of November, Lindisfarne Middle School had the huge privilege of hosting a visit from a Holocaust survivor, Marc Schatzberger. Marc was welcomed to the school as part of a broadened English curriculum as pupils in Year 8 have been studying the fictional novel, 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'. The novel is written from the point of view of the Nazi Commandant's son during WW2. As anyone who has read this book knows, this is a very sad story which is set in a horrific era in history. As part of their studies, Year 8 pupils have also being learning about WW2 in general and we thought it was really important for them to hear a first-hand testimony of the Holocaust so they could have a personal recount of these times.

 

Marc Schatzberger was born in 1926 in Austria, Vienna. He was evacuated just before the war broke out and came to Britain on the ‘kindertransport’ (a humanitarian programme which helped 10,000 refugee children come to Great Britain from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia). Marc's parents were very sadly killed at Auschwitz.

 

Our pupils and staff were totally enthralled by the testimony and by the question and answer session that Marc hosted. I think it is fair to say that everyone learnt so much from his words and from the personal experiences and memories that he shared with us. This was a once in a life time opportunity for the pupils and staff and we are very grateful to Marc and the Holocaust Outreach Programme who helped organise this for us.