The incredible story of Holocaust victim Anne Frank has been told by her half-sister and survivor of the genocide, Eva Schloss, at HMP East Sutton Park.
In an eagerly-anticipated event organised by Novus and the Anne Frank Trust, 89-year-old Eva was warmly welcomed to the Maidstone establishment for what was to be her final speaking commitment.
Eva’s visit was part of a week-long exhibition run by the Anne Frank Trust, which gave learners, colleagues and visitors a chance to learn about the historical events of World War Two, the concentration camps, and Anne Frank and her family. A moving half-hour DVD film was also projected on a large screen.
Novus learners received an invaluable insight into the effects of discrimination and racism and the way in which victims like Eva coped under the most difficult of circumstances.
Eva talked to fascinated onlookers about her close relationship with the Frank family. She went to the camps before Anne, who died along with most of her family whilst in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Her father, Otto, survived and later married Eva's mother. Both families were in the death camps and both lost parents, brothers, sisters and extended family.
Ruth Eagles, Novus’ OLASS Manager at HMP East Sutton Park, said: "It was our pleasure and privilege to welcome Eva.
"Eva is an inspiration to all of us. A Holocaust survivor with so much knowledge and courage, people were captivated by her throughout. We are so grateful that she chose us for her last speaking commitment.
“Our learners took the opportunity to do their Functional Skills speaking and listening presentations by speaking to staff and visitors throughout the week. They received presentation mentoring certificates through the Anne Frank Trust as well as a signed copy of Eva's book, Eva's Story.”