Pupils first hand tales of history

Iby Knill, Holocaust survivor visited Hall Cross lower school to meet with pupils. She is pictured here with l-r Millie Gilkes, 14, Thom Goodchild, KS3 Co-ordinator, Suraj Singh, 13, Jack Turnbull, 14, Georgia Hicks, 14 and Conrad Singh, 14. Picture: Marie Caley D3586MC
Iby Knill, Holocaust survivor visited Hall Cross lower school to meet with pupils. She is pictured here with l-r Millie Gilkes, 14, Thom Goodchild, KS3 Co-ordinator, Suraj Singh, 13, Jack Turnbull, 14, Georgia Hicks, 14 and Conrad Singh, 14. Picture: Marie Caley D3586MC

A HOLOCAUST survivor has been speaking about her experiences to pupils at Hall Cross School.

Iby Knill paid a visit to the school to talk about her upbringing in Czechoslovakia and how her mother dressed her as a peasant girl to smuggle her over the border into Hungary where she worked for the resistance helping airmen escape when she was just 18-years-old.

Her journey then led her to be captured and tortured following the German invasion in 1944, ending up in Auschwitz concentration camp for six weeks.

After being liberated from the camp by American troops she worked as a translator before marrying English soldier Bert and starting a new life in the UK.

Mrs Knill’s story has been documented in a book, called The Woman Without a Number.

To mark the visit Mrs Knill was presented with a commemorative plaque.