​On Friday 13th February, History students were extremely fortunate to hear a talk from Holocaust survivor, John Dobai, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET). John was born in 1934 in Budapest, Hungary. His parents, concerned about what they had heard about the Nazis in Germany, decided to convert to Roman Catholicism. In June 1941, Germany attacked the Soviet Union and Hungary soon became involved. John talked about his life in Hungary leading up to the Second World War before going on to describe how the Holocaust affected him and his family. John’s testimony was followed by a question and answer session, which enabled students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth.

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