A Holocaust survivor paid a ‘moving’ visit to students with autism to share his story and help them make a ‘positive difference’ in their own lives.
Students from LVS Oxford welcomed Rudi Oppenheimer, who survived horrific conditions and lost his parents.
The visit last Tuesday was organised with the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET), to educate students while they are studying for their history GCSE.
While many students with autism find it difficult to focus for long periods, the entire school fell silent as the 86-year-old retold his and his family’s experience.
Mr Oppenheimer said: “The main lesson I am hoping they take from it is that people should speak up for themselves when they see injustice being done. If people would have spoken up at that time, things could have been different.”
Rudi and his family fled Germany for Holland in 1936 to avoid persecution, only to be captured two years later.
Rudi and his brother, Paul, were liberated in April the same year.
The visit at LVS was organised as part of a wider outreach programme.
Head of school at LVS Oxford, Louisa Allison-Bergin, said: “We want to ensure our young people are educated about important topics so this visit was one which they were all able to get a lot of value from, encouraging them to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.
“The visit was especially beneficial for our GCSE history students who are studying Germany and World War II for whom Rudi’s vivid recollections will provide lots to think about and take in.”