Survivor's tales of horrors from the Holocaust
A HOLOCAUST survivor has made a special visit to a city school to talk about her family's harrowing experience.
Ruth Barnett gave her testimony to around 200 students at Bishop Gore School in Swansea, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
The aim of the visit is to ensure pupils learn the lessons of the Holocaust — which led to the extermination of six million Jews by the Nazis.
London-based Ruth first came to Britain back in 1939, along with her seven-year-old brother.
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She had to live with three foster families and stay in a hostel. She arrived in the UK on the Kindertransport from Germany, while her dad had to escape to Shanghai.
Ruth's mum, who isn't Jewish, was involved in the Rosenstrasse women's protest, which took place in Berlin during February 1943, in reaction to the forced removal of Jews who had married "Aryan" partners.
Jewish factory workers were taken from where they were doing forced labour and were supposed to be deported to extermination camps.
The non-violent protest, which lasted several days, succeeded in leading to the release of hundreds of prisoners.
Following the Second World War, Ruth's parents came to England to take her back to Germany, but she did not want to leave her foster family and return to a homeland which was now foreign to her.
But after feeling unhappy in Germany, her parents eventually let her return to her foster family in England.
Jennifer Harding-Richards, head of religious studies at Bishop Gore School, said: "It is a privilege for us to welcome Ruth Barnett to our school and her testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced.
"We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Ruth's testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust."