Pupils at Abbot’s Hill hear Holocaust survivor Selma van de Perre’s interview in recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day.
Selma spoke to Mrs Davison and recounted her experiences as a member of the Dutch resistance – explaining how she was a courier of importance documents including false identification and food stamps to support Jewish people in hiding and listened intently to her description of the moment she was discovered by the ‘Grune Polizei’ and arrested. Selma was incarcerated at Camp Vught Concentration Camp and then Ravensbruck Camp. Selma did not detail the horrors of her time in these camps in the interview, but the pupils did gain an insight to the extraordinarily difficult conditions.
Abbot’s Hill feel very lucky that Selma was willing to give this interview for our pupils, which has no doubt enhanced their understanding of the Holocaust, as well as made clear the ever present need to call out acts of prejudice, no matter how big or small.