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Holocaust Educational Trust on mission to bring stories from Willesden Lane to schools

PUBLISHED: 10:46 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:50 15 September 2017

Children from the hostel at Willesden Lane. Credit: Willesden Lane/Holocuast Educational Trust.

Children from the hostel at Willesden Lane. Credit: Willesden Lane/Holocuast Educational Trust.

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The Holocuast Educational Trust is on a mission to bring stories from Willesden Lane to schools across the capital.

Aimed at students aged between 10 an 13, the project is based on The Children of Willesden Lane, a book which tells the story of Lisa Jura who was brought to England on the Kindertransport.

Lisa was forced to flee her home in Vienna as a young girl and rebuild her life in London during World War Two.

The Trust is urging schools to make the project part of their curriculum in 2018 in order to encourage wider reflection on the story of the 10,000 Jewish children whose lives were saved thanks to their safe passage to the UK.

Next year also marks the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport programme.

Young people across the capital will learn about and reflect on Britain’s response to the plight of the Jews of Europe and to ensure that the stories of the children who rebuilt their lives in Britain are kept alive.

Trust chief executive Karen Pollock said: “It is a thought provoking and deeply emotive way to educate the next generation about the significance of the Kindertransport to Britain, and will help equip students with the knowledge they need to ensure the memory of the Holocaust continues.

“We have all heard stories about the Holocaust but there is nothing like hearing from those who came to Britain on the Kindertransport, in their own words.

“This is why we want to give students the chance to hear these stories first hand.

“Our job is to educate, raise awareness and remember. The Kindertransport is part of our history and we hope that by understanding one girl’s story, students will draw relevance for their own lives and the world we live in today.”

The trust works in schools, colleges and higher education institutions, providing teacher training workshops and lectures, as well as teaching aids and resource materials.

The charity is also encouraging schools to tune into a live webcast – taking place on May 21, 2018 – of the testimony of a Kindertransport refugee who rebuilt their life here in London.

There will also be Performances of the Children of Willesden Lane on June 11 and June 12 next year.

For more information visit willesdenlane.org.uk.

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