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Holocaust Survivor, Uri Winterstein, visits UHS

Year 9 and Sixth Form students at Uxbridge High School were privileged to hear the testimony of Holocaust survivor, Uri Winterstein, as a part of a series of lessons on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust in their History Lessons.

Uri, who was just a baby during the war, spoke to a packed hall of students on Monday 14th July. His story was extraordinary, peppered with close shaves and lucky escapes. Uri’s sister was sent to the infamous Terezin (in German, Theresienstadt) concentration camp near the Polish border where she was one of only 150 children, out of the 15,000 deported, to survive. Whilst Uri avoided capture by the Nazis, nine of his immediate family were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp where they were murdered.

Every year Uxbridge High School works with the Holocaust Educational Trust and two 6th Form students visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp as part of the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project.

At the end of his talk Uri encouraged the students to take every opportunity that was presented to them and to always challenge prejudice in life.