Holocaust survivor Rudi Oppenheimer spoke to an audience of Wellington School students from Years 9-13 and told his story of life in Westerbork Transit Camp in Holland, as well as his experiences in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where he was incarcerated with the rest of his family.
Mr Oppenheimer’s visit was organised by the Holocaust Education Trust. During the morning session, Holocaust Educator Alex Fender discussed the history of the Holocaust, and challenged Year 9 students to think about the moral and ethical implications of such a horrific event.
“A number of students stayed behind after the talk to chat to Rudi, and were in awe of his openness and equanimity when discussing such a traumatic part of his life. We are immensely grateful to him for coming to share his experiences with us,” said Mr John Caulfield, the school’s head of history.