Holocaust survivor gives lecture to Birmingham students
A Holocaust survivor warned students at a Birmingham school that something similar could happen again unless they are vigilant.
Kitty Hart-Moxon OBE, now in her 80s, was 12 when the Nazis invaded her home town of Bielsko in Poland, but managed to survive the horrors of Auschwitz and the ghetto in Lublin.
She now educates young people about the horrors of the Holocaust and this week spoke to pupils at King Edwards School for Boys in Edgbaston.
She said: “Why do we talk about this, why do we do it? It’s not just to remember the people that died, it’s to protect you from the future.
“If you’re not vigilant, if you don’t watch out what goes on, people have their choices and we have no guarantee today that this won’t happen again. I’m not saying it will happen to the Jews, it could happen to anyone at any time.”
She also said she would never be able to forgive the people who subjected her to her tortures in the camp.
“There’s no such thing as forgiveness for some of these people. Some of these crimes are unforgivable. If you had seen what I had seen you would say these aren’t human beings. People who have died are not here to forgive. It’s not my place to forgive on their behalf.”
Students were obviously effected by her words.
Ranvir Cheema, aged 17, said: “It’s quite horrifying to hear what she had to say. We’ve read about this and we’ve been taught about it in history but it’s not the same as hearing an actual holocaust survivor.
“It’s quite humbling and scary to hear about the encounters in her own words and as she said, it is essential to listen to the accounts of such people because as time goes on there are fewer and fewer people to hear this kind of thing from first hand.
Adam Malik, 12, added: “I thought it was very interesting and it’s very enlightening about how kitty survived all these experiences.
“I couldn’t imagine what it would be like. I wouldn’t think I would survive personally. It’s amazing what she’s been through.
John Claughton, chief master, said: “The boys all study Nazi Germany so they have a sense of it. But to hear someone like Kitty talking changes their perspective.
“She obviously made a big impact on the students with a very strong message really hit home with our boys.”
* Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on Sunday. A ceremony will be held at the Town Hall in Birmingham at 2pm.