Auschwitz survivor speaks to pupils

Zigi Shipper with students
Zigi Shipper with students from MidKent College’s Medway Campus Photo: MidKent College

A Holocaust survivor visited MidKent College for the sixth time to share childhood memories as a Jew living under Nazi rule. Zigi Shipper, 83, who grew up in Lodz, Poland, delivered a talk at the Medway Campus as part of a national programme of events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Mr Shipper was just a boy when the Nazis invaded his home country in 1939, sparking the beginning of the Second World War.

But unlike many fellow Jews, he survived concentration camps like Auschwitz and Stutthof and lived to tell the tale.

I like talking to young people because they need to know what can be caused byracism, hatred and prejudice. How can I forget what happened? I lost my family for no reason at all. It took a long time to talk about what happened.”

– Zigi Shipper, Holocaust survivor

Of the three million Jewish Poles alive before the war, only 300,000 survived the Holocaust. Mr Shipper said he hoped his educational tours inspired young people to be more tolerant and accepting of others.

He added: “My message is simple – whatever you do, do not hate. And whatever you do, do not give up.”