Last week, the Third Form were privileged to hear Lady Zahava Kohn’s remarkable story of survival as a young Jewish girl, living In Amsterdam during the Second World War. After the Nazi invasion, Zahava was deported to Westerbork Concentration Camp and then on to Bergen Belsen, where together with her mother and father she was able to survive until the liberation in April 1945.
Along the way Zahava told us of some quite amazing acts of human kindness as well as cruelty and reminded us that the strength of human spirit can overcome evil. Perhaps the most heart-warming aspect of Zahava’s story concerned her little brother, Jehudi, who was given up to the Dutch resistance for safe keeping in 1941 and then re-united with the family in 1945. It was a wonderful evening in which Zahava, and her daughter Hephzi, gave us an unforgettable insight into one of the most tragic events of the twentieth century.