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New Kindertransport Child Refugees 10 Lesson Activity Packs for CfE Third Level

9th May 2022

Friday 6th May 2022

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR RETURNS TO GLASGOW’S CENTRAL STATION TO SHARE STORY

Former Jewish-German child refugee Henry Wuga MBE, who came to Glasgow with the Kindertransport, returned to Central Station on Friday (MAY 6th) to launch a new learning programme with high school pupils.

Mr Wuga, 98, joined Poppyscotland and Gathering the Voices to help launch new lessons for Scottish schools, based on his story and that of other young refugees during the Second World War.

Pupils will also be encouraged to reflect these incredible stories and on the issues facing more recent child refugees, including millions of Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn country today.

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Photo features Gathering the Voices Trustees, Poppyscotland staff, Mr Henry Wuga MBE and S2 pupils from Shawlands Academy under the clock in Glasgow Central Station on 6th May 2022. Photo credit: Mark Owens

Aged just 15, Mr Wuga escaped the horrors of Nazi Germany in 1939, leaving his parents behind in Nuremberg. He went on to make Scotland his home, marrying Ingrid, who also escaped via the Kindertransport, and managing his own catering business.

Mr Wuga met 10 S2 pupils from Shawlands Academy under the clock at Central Station, where he first arrived in Scotland 83 years ago almost to the day. That was followed by a discussion between Henry and the students about his experiences, the Holocaust, and modern child refugees to Scotland.

Mr Henry Wuga, 98, holding up a yellow Star of David that was given to his mother to wear in 1941 in Germany. Location: Voco Grand Central Hotel. Photo credit: Marks Owens

Our new 10 lesson resources activity packs were written by Alison McFarlane, a History and Modern Studies teacher from Oban High School and piloted at her schools from January – April 2022. The engaging and factual content focuses on the video testimonies of three Kindertransport escapees and Holocaust survivors who eventually arrived in Scotland, Mr Wuga, Rosa Sacharin and Karola Regent.

The new suite of resources will further enhance Poppyscotland’s vast Learning programme and are designed to help pupils understand the plight of Jewish people under the Nazi regime and the experiences of young refugees then and now.

Mr Wuga chatted to the pupils about their thoughts on the lessons and answered some thought-provoking questions.

After the visit on Friday he said: “It was very interesting meeting the pupils and answering their questions. I think it’s so important to share my story with a new generation while I can.

“When I first arrived here 83 years ago it was a shock – I didn’t speak the language well, the food and customs were new.

“But Glasgow was very welcoming and I made it my home.”