Schoolchildren hear first hand the horrors of war

Year 9 Haydock Sports College pupils Matt Johnston and Rebecca Cliffe with Holocaust survivor Helen Stein
Year 9 Haydock Sports College pupils Matt Johnston and Rebecca Cliffe with Holocaust survivor Helen Stein
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A HOLOCAUST survivor who was captured and interrogated by the Nazis has told her amazing survival story at St Helens’ central library.

Helen Stein, 81, was just 13-years-old when she was taken prisoner by the Gestapo on the Swiss border while part of a wartime convoy trying to escape France.

She was subsequently separated from her family for years and, tragically, five of her friends did not survive the war.

Ms Stein was speaking to local schoolchildren at the Anne Frank: A History For Today exhibition, which runs at the central library until Friday (January 13).

The exhibition draws on the power of the Amsterdam teenager’s diary to chart the rise of the Nazi party, the Second World War and the history of the Holocaust.

School pupils across St Helens are also participating in workshops run by the Anne Frank UK Trust.

Councillor Eric Smith, St Helens Council’s cabinet member, said: “The Holocaust, and particularly the story of Anne Frank, are some of the darkest moments in world history.

“Visits to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam – as well as the Auschwitz and Buchenwald sites – are particularly moving experiences.

“The central library exhibition presents an opportunity to educate our young people about the evils of discrimination and the enormous courage shown by an individual.”

Copies of Anne Frank’s Diary Of A Young Girl will be available to loan from libraries across the borough throughout January.

And the Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery is now hosting De La Salle High’s Holocaust exhibition Never Again: Untold Stories.

Running until Saturday, February 4, the exhibition includes creative writing pieces and artwork put together in sessions led by author Sherry Ashworth.

To find out more contact the central library on 01744 676989.