International Holocaust Day: School set to mark liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

PUBLISHED: 09:42 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:31 30 May 2010

Nazi concentration camp – Auschwitz-Birkenau

Nazi concentration camp - Auschwitz-Birkenau

TOMORROW Harry Bibring, a Holocaust survivor, will visit The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, in Great Dunmow. He will be talking to Year 10 students about his experiences during an event organised to mark the international Holocaust Memorial

TOMORROW Harry Bibring, a Holocaust survivor, will visit The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, in Great Dunmow.

He will be talking to Year 10 students about his experiences during an event organised to mark the international Holocaust Memorial Day today (January 27).

Mr Bibring was born in Austria in 1925. His family suffered from persecution following Germany's annexing of Austria in 1938 and the family planned their escape. He was sent by his parents to the UK with his sister on a Kindertransport train.

His parents were unable to follow as planned and his father died of a heart attack and his mother was deported to a death camp.

In addition to Mr Bibring's talk, two Year 13 students will give a presentation on their recent visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Mr Bibring's visit and the Year 13 students' trip were organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

A school spokesman said: "This special event forms an important part of the students' citizenship education. Students will prepare for and follow-up the talk in their 'Religion, Philosophy and Life' lessons."

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated internationally on January 27 each year.

The date was chosen as it is the anniversary of the day in 1945 on which the Soviet Army liberated the largest Nazi concentration camp - Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Every year the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust urges everyone in the UK to pause and reflect on what can happen when racism, prejudice and exclusionary behaviour are left unchecked.

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