LC2 talk by Holocaust survivor Ms Eve Kugler

On Monday 22nd May, the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department welcomed Ms Eve Kugler, a child survivor of the Holocaust, to speak to our LC2 girls about her experiences escaping Europe during the Nazi regime in Germany.

During the 1930s, Eve's family watched as limitations and restrictions were slowly placed on Jews living in Europe. Her father had his business confiscated, her mother was forced to work as a cook for money and Eve, along with her two sisters, were split up and hidden in Resistance France. Eve spent time hidden in a Catholic convent before being smuggled out of France, via Spain and Portugal, ending up in New York City. 

Eve's story was unusual as, after the war, her three sisters and parents were eventually reunited. Unfortunately, Eve lost all her aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents to the Holocaust. Her talk was powerful and, at times, difficult to listen to. The most poignant moment came when, despite all she had witnessed and experienced, Eve referred to herself as 'one of the lucky ones'.

No teacher or lesson can properly allow students to begin to understand the evil of the Holocaust. We are all extremely grateful to Eve for sharing her testimony and would like to thank the Holocaust Educational Trust for their support.

Mr Forward-Davies, Acting Head of RS and Philosophy