Students at Stockton college hear first-hand Holocaust experiences

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A HOLOCAUST survivor gave a first-hand testimony to students at a Teesside college yesterday.

Harry Bibring, who escaped to the UK from Austria on the Kindertransport, was speaking to students at Stockton Sixth Form College on a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Students were able to ask him questions to better understand the nature of the Holocaust.

Rachel Angus, acting Principal of the college, said: “It is a privilege for us to welcome Harry Bibring to college and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We hope that by hearing Harry’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”

Mr Bibring, 87, was arrested along with his family in 1939 and forced to live in a house with 50 other Jewish women and children. The family intended to flee to Shanghai but his father was robbed on his way to buy the tickets.

In November 1940 his father died of a heart attack and his mother was deported to the death camp at Sobibor in Poland in 1942. Mr Bibring and his sister had earlier fled to England on the Kindertransport but were initially separated on their arrival.

In 1945 he met his wife-to-be and was married two years later, having one son. He went on to work for 20 years as a manufacturing engineer and later became a lecturer at Middlesex University. He continues to live in England and has two grandchildren.

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5:08pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Revelations? says...

Please change the text so that you do NOT call the camps “Poland’s Nazi camp” OR “Polish” OR “Nazi camps in Poland”, OR “Nazi camp of Poland” or “(name) camp in Poland”!
As the son of a member of the Polish underground whose unit "Zoska" was acknowledged by Yad Vashem for saving 350 Jews during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising I would like to point out that referring to a German concentration camp in occupied Poland the way you did is insensitive to the families of the millions of ethnic Poles who were killed, forced into slave labor, tortured, taken away from their families, maimed, terrorized, burned, bludgeoned, turned into soap, starved, etc. during the brutal and inhuman occupation of Poland by Germany.
The camps were in German occupied Poland and were created by German Nazis in the name of "Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles" and "Lebensraum" for Germans!
If you MUST refer to Poland, Poles or Polish in association with these horrific places
in which Poles also suffered purely because of their ethnic background then you must clearly identify the victimization of the Poles, which , of course, you did not, AND/OR clearly identify the ethnic identification of those who designed, created and ran them, namely Germans, which you also did not do. Otherwise, leave Poland out of the article!
FYI. The proper reference to the camps would be one of the following:
- Museum/Memorial of the former GERMAN camp in PRESENT DAY Poland
- Museum/Memorial of the former GERMAN NAZI camp in PRESENT DAY Poland
- GERMAN camp in occupied Poland
- GERMAN Nazi camp in occupied Poland
- GERMAN camp in Nazi occupied Poland
- Nazi camp in GERMAN occupied Poland
- GERMAN Nazi camp in German occupied Poland
Please change the text so that you do NOT call the camps “Poland’s Nazi camp” OR “Polish” OR “Nazi camps in Poland”, OR “Nazi camp of Poland” or “(name) camp in Poland”! As the son of a member of the Polish underground whose unit "Zoska" was acknowledged by Yad Vashem for saving 350 Jews during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising I would like to point out that referring to a German concentration camp in occupied Poland the way you did is insensitive to the families of the millions of ethnic Poles who were killed, forced into slave labor, tortured, taken away from their families, maimed, terrorized, burned, bludgeoned, turned into soap, starved, etc. during the brutal and inhuman occupation of Poland by Germany. The camps were in German occupied Poland and were created by German Nazis in the name of "Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles" and "Lebensraum" for Germans! If you MUST refer to Poland, Poles or Polish in association with these horrific places in which Poles also suffered purely because of their ethnic background then you must clearly identify the victimization of the Poles, which , of course, you did not, AND/OR clearly identify the ethnic identification of those who designed, created and ran them, namely Germans, which you also did not do. Otherwise, leave Poland out of the article! FYI. The proper reference to the camps would be one of the following: - Museum/Memorial of the former GERMAN camp in PRESENT DAY Poland - Museum/Memorial of the former GERMAN NAZI camp in PRESENT DAY Poland - GERMAN camp in occupied Poland - GERMAN Nazi camp in occupied Poland - GERMAN camp in Nazi occupied Poland - Nazi camp in GERMAN occupied Poland - GERMAN Nazi camp in German occupied Poland Revelations?
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8:18pm Sun 24 Mar 13

Philtech says...

Escaping the holocaust but have seemed almost impossible!
Escaping the holocaust but have seemed almost impossible! Philtech
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