Bingley Grammar School

Arek Hersh 90th Birthday Celebration

On Thursday 1st Nov, Miss Shah and her students organised a 90th birthday celebration for Arek Hersh who turned 90 on the 13th September. 

Miss Shah reports,

Arek has been visiting Bingley Grammar school for the last 3 years and has spoken to hundreds of our students about his harrowing story and survival from Auschwitz.

Arek and Jean thought that they were coming to give a talk to students but were very pleasantly surprised and happy to see that we had organised a party!

A number of students baked for Arek and Jean and presented Arek with gifts. Miss Shah's Archbishop of York Young Leaders and Amnesty Group presented Arek with birthday gifts and Finn researched and baked Challah bread which isn't easy!

Arek and Jean, staff and students enjoyed a birthday lunch provided by the school caterers (which was delicious!) whilst they chatted to students from KS3, 4 and 5.

Arek and Jean were touched to see how many students came in their lunch break especially to see them and Arek spoke to students about the recent documentary he filmed with Chris Tarrant 'Hitlers Holocaust Railways with Chris Tarrant'.  He also brought along copies of his autobiography, 'A Detail of History' which many staff and students had requested.

It was a wonderful afternoon. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the event such a success and huge thanks to Arek and Jean for being so wonderful!

Click here to read the T&A's news article about Arek's birthday party here >>

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