Monday, 20 November 2017

‘History repeats itself’

A HOLOCAUST survivor gave a talk to year 9 pupils at the Oratory School in Woodcote.

A HOLOCAUST survivor gave a talk to year 9 pupils at the Oratory School in Woodcote.

John Fieldsend, who was born Hans Heinrich Fiege, grew up in Dresden under the Nazis before fleeing with his family to their native Czechoslovakia.

However, their homeland was then occupied by the Germans and they faced persecution because they were Jewish. Mr Fieldsend and his brother escaped the concentration camps as they were sent to Britain on one of Sir Nicholas Winton’s Kindertransport rescue operations in 1939.

Fifteen of their relatives lost their lives in the genocide. Marcus Fec, the school’s head of history, said: “The boys were struck by various aspects of the talk beyond the simple factual details. They found his message of ‘history repeats itself’ pertinent in light of the migrant crisis in Europe at the moment.”





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