Day 16: Bob Kirk BEM led by Stoke Park School - 22nd January
Stoke Park School worked in partnership with a local care home on their project and pledge for Horizons 2021 - inspired by the testimony of Bob Kirk BEM.
Stoke Park School's campaign day film shared their pledge in the name of Bob Kirk. The school was focussed on Bob Kirk’s testimony in the curriculum during the day and they have been exploring meaningful ways to work with the local care home over the coming year.
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"In Bob Kirk’s name we pledge to share his testimony and be the light in the darkness of his experience and bring people together.
"We will do this by reaching out to establish a meaningful relationship between the school and the local care home. In these times of separation we intend to termly support individuals with letters."
Robert was born in Hanover in Germany in 1925. After the Kristallnact pogrom in 1938 and escalating anti-semitism, aged 14 in May 1939 Robert was sent by his parents on the Kindertransport to England. He stayed in school until he was 16 and initially did war work in a factory and joined the Home Guard. In 1944 he joined the army and eventually became an interpreter dealing with German prisoners of war.
Up to the outbreak of war Robert received letters and messages from his parents in Germany. These eventually stopped and after the war Robert found out that his parents had been on the first transport out of Hanover to a concentration camp in Riga, Lativa, from which they never returned.
Robert and his wife Ann both were awarded BEMs in 2019 for their work in support of Holocaust Education.
“You have to treat every individual as an individual and never mind where they come from.”