Seaford College Year 13 history students last week attended a Holocaust Survivor and Human Rights Event at Chichester Cathedral. History teacher James Gisby’s A Level class have been studying the Holocaust as part of their coursework. The day included a human rights workshop and a talk by Steven Frank, a child survivor of the Holocaust, who shared his extraordinarily moving and fascinating story to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
The preceding workshop, presented in collaboration with Amnesty International, explored the story of how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) came into being following the traumatic events of the Second World War and looked at the significance of the UDHR today. The event later concluded at the cathedral’s Amnesty Candle, which was installed to mark the 60th anniversary of the UDHR in 2008.
“The danger when studying the Holocaust is that the human impact can be lost, which is why the opportunity to see a survivor is so essential,” said Mr Gisby. “The day was an opportunity to deepen the pupils’ understanding and re-humanise their study of this mass genocide. It was a very moving event that brought a clearer picture of the individual horrors and their impact.”