Chailey students moved by Holocaust survivor’s story

Professor Ladislaus Lob with the Chailey School students.
Professor Ladislaus Lob with the Chailey School students.
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A Holocaust survivor visited Chailey School last week to talk about his experiences.

Professor Ladislaus Lob, who was sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the age of 11, spoke to Year 9 students.

The visit was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust, which plays a central role in combating anti-semitism, racism and prejudice in our society today.

He described his childhood in Hungary during the German occupation and his deportation to Bergen-Belsen where he spent five months with his father before being sent to Switzerland.

He remained in Zurich and eventually came to the UK in 1963 where he became professor of German at the University of Sussex. He retired in 1998 and now visits schools and colleges across the country to talk about his experiences during the Holocaust. His talk was followed by a questions and answers session.

A Chailey School spokesperson said the visit will support the students’ knowledge and understanding of the Second World War and they all found Professor Lob’s testimony interesting, informative and moving.

One student said: “I really enjoyed the talk because I thought it was very factual and interesting. I especially enjoyed the fact that Professor Lob was extremely positive even though he has been through so much. He could remember everything and described it in so much detail that I could imagine it.”