Holocaust survivor shares memories

MEMORIES: Ruth Barnett with Jason Smithson, Elle Wright, Emma Cox, Lucy Sheard, Thomas Littlewood and Franchesca Jackson. (d26011101)
MEMORIES: Ruth Barnett with Jason Smithson, Elle Wright, Emma Cox, Lucy Sheard, Thomas Littlewood and Franchesca Jackson. (d26011101)
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A JEWISH woman who escaped the Nazis during World War II has told pupils her story.

Ruth Barnett, who survived the Holocaust, visited the Mirfield Free Grammar School as part of Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday.

Ruth gave a talk about her experiences to 200 pupils.

Pupil Jason Smithson said: “Ruth had been put on the Kindertransport train by her parents with her brother who was three years old. Ruth was four.

“The train was heading for England and was a way of escaping the Nazis at the outbreak of war in 1939 from Poland. Her brother was told by her parents to ‘look after you little sister’. She ended up in three foster homes, not being treated well at times. Ruth’s dad went to Shanghai as he was Jewish, her mother stayed in Germany as she was Aryan.”

Pupil Ellie Wright said: “The talk was very interesting and helps us to understand the difficult circumstances people like Ruth found themselves in with no family, and not knowing what had happened to their family.”

History teacher Chris Jones said: “It is a privilege for us to welcome Ruth to our school and her testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced.

“We hope that it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”