Holocaust survivor shares experiences with Hebburn students

Holocaust survivor Eva Clark with pupils Kate Hockings, Luke Gilmore, James Camm and Louise Gallagher.
Holocaust survivor Eva Clark with pupils Kate Hockings, Luke Gilmore, James Camm and Louise Gallagher.

Students heard about the devastating impact of the Holocaust first hand as they met a survivor of the atrocity.

St Joseph’s Catholic Academy and Sixth Form College in Hebburn welcomed Eva Clarke for a two-hour talk about her experiences.

The students were brilliant and asked lots of good questions.

Steve Handley, head of humanities

The 70-year-old, who travelled to the North East from Cambridge for the event, explained how she had been born in the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria.

She and her mother were the only ones to survive from their family, with 15 of her relatives killed in Auschwitz.

The discussion followed a morning of sessions which covered subjects across the curriculum linked to the Holocaust, covering history, geography, English and RE.

The event brought together Year 9 and sixth form students for the study day.

Kate McIntyre, who is inYear 12, said: “I thought it inspirational to hear the story of the woman and her family, who was so open about the terrible experiences that she endured during the Holocaust.

“Their openness and honesty to the rest of the world was something truly amazing.”

Steve Handley, the school’s head of humanities, added: “It was a really inspirational speech from somebody who experienced it first hand, and she was a really great speaker.

“Mrs Clarke spoke about the genocide and how important it is nothing like that ever happens again.

“The students were brilliant and asked lots of good questions.”

Mrs Clarke’s visit was organised through the Holocaust Educational Trust.