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This visit was organized as part of a month long programme to promote HOPE in North Liverpool. Alsop High School, Walton has worked closely with the Diocese of Liverpool and partner primary schools to promote the Common Good and commemorate the 90 th Anniversary of the opening the school.
Young people, staff and parents from Alsop High School and St Mary CE School West Derby together with community representatives heard the testimony from Holocaust survivor, Zigi Shipper, 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 get a better understanding of 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.
Mr Joe Mangan, Headteacher at Alsop High School said:
“It is a privilege for us to welcome Zigi Shipper to North Liverpool and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Zigi’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”
Mr Peter Bull, Co-ordinator of the Alsop HOPE 2016 Initiative said:
“Zigi Shipper challenges us all to learn lessons from the past. His inspirational story had a huge impact. The 350 students present were moved beyond words. He urged young people to love others in a practical way. His testimony gave students a first-hand opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.”