History KS3 / GCSE: Interview with Holocaust survivor Suzanne Ripton

Suzanne Ripton, a Holocaust survivor who now lives in the UK, discusses the traumatic after effects of her experiences, her hatred of the Nazis and why we should remember the Holocaust.

Suzanne did not know of the war’s end in 1945 and was still in ‘hiding’ in 1947. Years later, Suzanne found out that both of her parents were killed at Auschwitz.

Teacher Notes

Discuss with you class how the events and individuals involved have helped shape history and our understanding of history.

What influences have these events and indidviduals had on society, communities and relationships today?

How has our understanding of history changed? Why is it important for these stories to be shared with new generations?

Curriculum Notes

This topic appears in history at KS3 and KS4 / GCSE in AQA, OCR A, OCR B, EDEXCEL, EDUQAS and WJEC GCSE in England and Wales, and CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland.

It is also on the curriculum for 2nd, 3rd and 4th Level, National 4 and 5, and Higher in Scotland. It also appears in Modern Studies/PSHE/PDE at KS3 and KS4.

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