Year nine pupils from Kings Langley Secondary School visited Watford Synagogue on Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27.
The Synagogue welcomed almost 400 students from local schools and West Herts College to attend a series of educational sessions for years nine to 13.
The students had the rare opportunity to listen to Holocaust survivor, Manfred Goldberg, who recounted a personal story.
Manfred Goldberg, 87, urged: “After the war we said ‘never again’ and I never thought I’d see all the genocides we’ve seen in my lifetime.
“I think social media has a lot to answer for it, it could be a force for good but so often it allows evil to spread.”
They also took part in a workshop where they discussed aspects of the Holocaust, its historical facts and contemporary issues such as racism and discrimination.
A pupil who attended the event said: “I have learned about the massacre of the Holocaust and how truly terrifying it must have been for a young person.
“I hope our generation can learn from it and it won’t be repeated.”
Kings Langley’s head of humanities, Suzanne Rigby, said: “We teach about the Holocaust in year nine during history and RE.
“We have been taking year nines’ to learn about Holocaust Memorial Day for the past 10 years, the reason we take them in year nine is because of the sensitive nature of the content discussed.”
Any schools or colleges that wish to register their interest in taking part in a Holocaust Memorial Day event next year should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08456 448 006.