Holocaust and Auschwitz survivor visits Saint Paul’s

A group of pupils were thrilled and inspired to be visited by one of the last remaining survivors of The Holocaust and Auschwitz to share in his personal experiences of World War II.

Father-of-two Mr Ike Alterman, 93, who lives in Manchester, was just 11-years-old when war broke out. He was separated from his mother and two younger siblings in a brutal selection process in the Jewish Ghettoes before being detained in two concentration camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he was then separated from his father. He survived a horrifying death march in 1945, missing liberation by just one day before the war finally came to an end.

The only member of his immediate family to survive the atrocities of World War II, Ike came to Britain as a refugee and was one of the famous ‘Windermere Boys’, a group of 300 children offered shelter and a new life in the Lake District. He later settled in Manchester, married and established a successful trade as a jeweller.

Ike visited St Paul’s High School, via a live Zoom event earlier this month, to share his personal experiences of the war with 200 Year 7 pupils and staff. The pupils aged 11 and 12 were immersed in Ike’s story and excited to ask questions and get answers in real time.

Speaking of the event, Ike said, ‘It is very important to speak to the younger generation and to educate them about the Holocaust so it is never forgotten. We survivors do the best we can, as unfortunately there are not many of us left now.’

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