Survivor of Holocaust’s testimony at college visit

Professor Ladislaus L�b with students
Professor Ladislaus L�b with students

A Holocaust survivor visited Sussex Coast College on Wednesday (March 4).

Professor Ladislaus Löb gave his account of the horrors to a group of Sport, Uniformed Public Service and Travel students as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

It was a privilege for us to welcome Professor Ladislaus Löb to our college and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced

Clive Cooke

The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to help students better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools and colleges across the UK.

Principal Clive Cooke, principal of Sussex Coast College, said: “It was a privilege for us to welcome Professor Ladislaus Löb to our college and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Ladislaus’ testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”

Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “The trust educates and engages students from all communities across the UK about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Ladislaus’ story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing his testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead. At the trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”

Professor Ladislaus Löb was born in May 1933 in Kolozsvár, Hungary and was an only child. His mother died of tuberculous when he was nine.

On March 19, 1944, the German army occupied Hungary. He moved into the ghetto in May. On June 2, the Allies bombed Kolozsvár and in the confusion, he and his father were able to escape from the ghetto. They travelled to Budapest where his father managed to get them into a camp on Kolumbusz Street. The camp formed part of an exchange whereby Jews’ lives were saved in exchange for goods. Eichmann insisted that the transfer look like a normal deportation so the group were transported to Bergen-Belsen, arriving there on July 9, 1944. As Ladislaus and the other exchange Jews were regarded by the Nazis as valuable commodities they were treated better by than other prisoners and kept in a closed-off section of the camp. Ladislaus and his father’s group left the camp on December 4, 1944.