Mr Henry Wuga MBE, 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.
On Friday 6th May 2022, Mr Wuga met 10 S2 pupils from Shawlands Academy under the clock at Central Station, where he first arrived in Scotland. That was followed by a discussion between Henry and the students about his experiences, the Holocaust, and modern child refugees to Scotland.
We have been working on a two-year project with the Gathering the Voices charity, Alison McFarlane, Teacher of History and Modern Studies at Oban High School and Education Scotland to create a new and immensely engaging suite of 10 resources aimed at CfE Third Level and above.
These powerful resources focus on the video and voiceover testimonies of three Kindertransport and Holocaust survivors Henry Wuga MBE, Rosa Sacharin and Karola Regent.
All three were only children and/or young teenagers when they escaped and arrived in Scotland just before and during the Second World War.
Their own distinctive ways of storytelling will, we hope, be extremely engaging for young people and help them understand the monumental events between 1930-1939 that changed Henry, Rosa and Karola’s lives forever and forced them and other Jewish children to travel alone on Kindertransport trains from Germany to Britain.
The persecution of different ethnic groups sadly still happens today throughout the world.
We believe that through storytelling, conversation, and educational experiences we can use the lessons from the past to positively impact our future.
Introductory Lesson: What Makes Me, Me (available 19th May)
Lesson 1: My Life Between 1930-1938 (available 19th May)
Lesson 2: Rise To Power (available 19th May)
Lesson 4: Kristallnacht: Night Of The Broken Glass (available 19th May)
Lesson 5: The Trains Start To Roll: 1938 - 1939 (available 19th May)