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Concentration camp survivor Eva Clarke speaks to students

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Students with Eva Clarke. Nik Stewart (second left) and Adam Poole (third left) also took part in this year’s Lessons from Auschwitz project and continued their discussions with Eva after her talk.

Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke visited Long Road to give students an opportunity to hear first-hand of her experiences. The visit was organised by History Course Team Leader Debbie Bogard, who has also arranged for students to take part in the Lessons from Auschwitz project.

Eva’s mother, Anka, was a law student in Prague, and her father a German-Jewish architect. Eva’s mother spent her pregnancy in Auschwitz and gave birth to Eva on a coal truck on the way to Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. Eva’s father, who was shot dead at Auschwitz, did not even know that Anka was pregnant.

Eva now works for the Holocaust Educational Trust, and has visited Long Road before to talk to students and answer their questions.

Psychology students from the college visited Krakow and Auschwitz recently as part of their research into Stanley Milgram’s obedience tests.

Debbie comments: “Listening to Eva was a harrowing experience for our students, but it is extremely important to keep her message alive. We study Nazi Germany on our A level European syllabus, but students from across the college came to hear Eva’s testimony and to reflect on the lessons to be learnt.”