HOLOCAUST survivor Eve Kuglar visited Stalyhill Junior School, Stalybridge as part of their World War Two project with studies of conflicts part of the National Curriculum.
Teacher Anna-Marie Taylor described how the 86-year-old’s stories helped to bring alive the horrors in the build-up to the Stalybridge Remembrance Day Service, where pupils Imogen Singleton and Louisa Dolan laid a wreath at the War Memorial.
She said: “We contact the Holocaust Educational Trust and they send us a speaker every year, and Eve had written a book on Kindertransport (that rescued thousands of Jewish children from Nazi Germany in the nine months before the outbreak of the Second World War).
“In 10 years’ time I will be teaching it in a powerpoint and they won’t be able to speak to a survivor.
“Some of the questions the children asked were very thoughtful and insightful – had she been back, her worst experiences and being separated from her family?”
Anna-Marie added the WW2 project has been extremely popular, getting all the children engaged.
“They go home and start to research their own family history and it has been a fascinating topic,” she continued.
Anna-Marie added they had also discussed various aspects of the Second World War, including the blitz, rationing, women in war, evacuees, the Holocaust and Nuremberg Laws, and anti-semitic laws introduced in Nazi Germany.
And there had also been a school visit to a former prisoner of war camp at York, with Eden Camp now a museum.
Elaine Summersgill, headteacher at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Stalybridge added their pupils also study the Second World War,
She said: “We looked at the evacuees and learned about the impact the war had on children’s lives.
“We had a class assembly and children brought in details about family who served in either of the First and Second World Wars. The children found it very interesting.”