On Tuesday 31 January, Year 9 pupils at Claires Court Senior Boys heard testimony from Holocaust survivor, Rudi Oppenheimer, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.
Rudi was born in 1931 in Berlin and lived there with his parents and his older brother Paul until he was four years old. In 1936, to escape increasing Nazi persecution, the Oppenheimer’s managed to move to Holland. Before they moved to Heemstede in Holland, Rudi lived for six months in Britain with his mother and brother. It was here that his sister, Eve, was born.