18 January 2019


A group of students were among hundreds of Devon teenagers and students who witnessed the incredible courage of concentration camp survivor Mala Tribich during an event organised to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Historians and other experts took part in the now annual conference on Wednesday 16 January 2019, held at the University of Exeter and organised for the third time by final year history student Barnabas Balint.

The EBACC department took a group of Year 10 and Sixth formers to the  conference which is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s outreach programme and was open to University of Exeter students, schools and sixth form colleges across the South West.

The conference gave our students the opportunity to develop a broader understanding of the Holocaust, its surrounding issues and contemporary relevance,while our students received valuable experience of  university-level teaching and learning.  

"Mala gave us a powerful and moving story of what life was like for her and her family throughout the war and the experience of the Holocaust as she lost many of her friends and family.  Our students were amazed to find she was 89-years-old and were inspired by the passionate way she spoke," said Mrs Howle.

"It was a privilege to hear her speak.

"The second seminar our students attended was to learn about 'Why Young People Need to Defend the Truth of the Holocaust'.

"It was here our students to took part in discussions and answered questions with confidence about how to tackle antisemitism.

"All of of our students were a real credit to Stoke Damerel Community College."