The History Department welcomed back Hannah Lewis, MBE to Townley on Thursday 13 June. Hannah has been sharing her experiences in schools and universities for several years so that young people today can seek to understand the impact the Holocaust has had on the contemporary world.
In 1943 Hannah and her family were rounded up and forcibly marched to a labour camp in a village called Adampol which was a few miles from Włodawa. Over time most of her family disappeared. Her father and his cousin managed to escape and joined the partisans. Only Hannah and her mother remained in Adampol.
After the war her father found her and they lived in Łódź. Eventually in 1949 Hannah was brought on her own to Britain to live with her great aunt and uncle in London. In 1953 her father left Poland to go to Israel. Hannah now lives in London having married in 1961 and had four children and eight grandchildren.
We are very grateful to Hannah for spending time with our Year 9, we value the impact and knowledge that Hannah brings to our students here at Townley. The letters of thanks shown below from two of the students who heard Hannah speak demonstrate the impact these talks have on our students. Thank you!