Susannah Hansen (Year 10 in 2014) visited Parliament at the start of Term 1 to read an essay she had written which won a major competition at the end of last year.
Paul Seideman is a Czech Jew who survived Auschwitz during World War II and who came to New Zealand after the war. The essay competition in his name was on the topic ‘The Holocaust and the lessons for New Zealand’. Susannah’s essay called for better understanding and aid for refugees both in recognition of events in the 1940s as well as in the world today.
2015 is the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. Susannah’s prize includes a trip to Wellington and to read her essay at Parliament on 27 January, commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet army. Her essay is also included in a book Auschwitz: 70 Years Later, published by the Holocaust Centre in Wellington.
Woodford Year 10 Social Studies students have visited the Holocaust Centre as part of their annual Wellington trip in Term 3 for a number of years.
Auschwitz survivor Paul Seideman with the Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage (Hon Maggie Barry) and inaugural competition winners from left: Susannah Hansen (Woodford House) and Jessica Strick (St Peter’s School). Photo: Photography by Woolf