Holocaust survivors are set to speak about their experiences in front of almost 400 schoolchildren as part of a programme based around Holocaust Memorial Day.

The scheme, which will involve talks from three survivors and the daughter of another, is part of a campaign to learn about the Holocaust through education.

Some 385 students and 34 teachers will take part in February’s event, which is hosted by Belmont United Synagogue.

Eva Clarke, Manfred Goldberg and Hannah Lewis will talk about their experiences, while Helen Stone will recall what her mother, Emmy Golding, faced.

Mr Goldberg, who held back speaking about his wartime experiences in the Riga ghetto and Stutthof concentration camp for several years, noted how it is important for younger generations to know what happened, particularly in the face of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

There will also be educational workshops, which will conclude with reflection from the synagogue’s rabbi and the lighting of a memorial candle.

Organisers have noted how the three-hour sessions, which are run by trained facilitators, have no religious content and are non-denominational.

A number of schools in Harrow are taking part, including Hatch End High School, Shaftesbury High School, Claremont High School, Whitefriars School, Sacred Heart and Park High School, while Neasden’s Crest Academy has also signed up.

It comes as part of a wider programme built around Holocaust Memorial Day, which, this year, is following the theme of ‘The Power of Words’.

The hope is to educate students on Nazi atrocities, make connections between the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and invite pupils to consider their personal responsibility to promote tolerance in today’s world.

A closing ceremony, which will be hosted by the special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, Sir Eric Pickles, will take place on February 7.

Email enquiries@northwoodhmd.org.uk for more information, or to get involved with Holocaust Memorial Day in 2019.