Day 13: Peter Lantos BEM led by Ark Victoria Academy & President Kennedy School - 19th January
Ark Victoria Academy and President Kennedy School have worked on independent projects and pledges, inspired by the testimony of Peter Lantos BEM - both presented on Day 13 of Horizons Festival 2021.
Ark Victoria Academy created a short film for the festival and all the students in the Academy Trust to learn about Peter Lantos and his testimony. The film also features poetry created by a Year 7 student and is the starting point for curriculum and community work over the coming year.
Details of future activity will be shared via this website – please return for more details.
"In Peter Lantos’s name we pledge to share his testimony and promote tolerance and respect for difference, in school and with our wider community.
"We will do this by sharing throughout the year our learning with parents and other schools in our network as well as developing links with other Echo Eternal partners including President Kennedy School."
Online broadcast from President Kennedy School at 11am
President Kennedy School’s short film brings together their pledge with another chance to watch their Echo film made in 2019 with River Rea Films, focussed on Peter Lantos’s testimony.
The school will be working with others in the trust to create spaces for reflection and learning. Details of future activity will be shared via this website – please return for more details.
"In Peter Lantos's name we pledge to share his testimony and ensure it acts as inspiration to everyone to fight prejudice, intolerance and hatred within and beyond our school and community at all times. We will do this by creating an Echo Eternal Garden in the school grounds that encourages us all to ‘Be the light the in darkness’.
We will work in collaboration with Parkgate Primary School on the creation and use of the garden as a place to share and remember the testimonies of Peter Lantos and Judith Kerr."
Peter Lantos was born in Hungary in 1939. In the summer of 1944, he was deported with his parents to the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany where his father died. He and his mother survived and were liberated. They eventually made their way back to Hungary.
Peter qualified as a Doctor and defected to England in 1968 where he established a successful career in academic medicine prior to retirement. In addition to this career, Peter is a successful published author and playwright.
“Don't hate people whose ideology, religion, political views, outlook at life, sexual preference, is not the same. Try to make the best, if possible, of the worst event of your life.”