Day 2: Zigi Shipper BEM led by Jewellery Quarter Academy - 8th January
In partnership with: River Rea Films, St Paul’s Church, Urban Audio Production, Nicola Richardson.
For the second day of the festival, a short film presented the words of Zigi Shipper and student’s response to his testimony. It was also a day calling for local people to come together in action to support others.
Please see the school’s twitter feed to learn how JQA have been supporting people through their campaign and how they are using Zigi’s testimony within the curriculum.
If you would like to make a donation to a local charity in support of people in need during this time, you can do so by visiting www.birminghamcentral.foodbank.org.uk or you could choose to make your own pledge and donate to somewhere near you.
*Please note that the projection of the film onto St Paul’s Church will take place at a later date to ensure we meet Covid Safety Guidelines.
"In Zigi Shipper’s name we pledge to share his testimony and take action to support people in need. We will do this by establishing collaboration between the school and local resident and business community, to generate provision and create a stronger support structure for local people."
Zigi is a camp survivor. He was born Zygmunt Shipper in Lodz, Poland, 1930. Following the Nazi occupation of Poland, Zigi was moved into the Lodz ghetto with his grandmother. When the ghetto was liquidated in 1944, Zigi was deported to Auschwitz and then was sent to several labour camps. Having survived the war, he came to the UK in 1947. Zigi arrived in the UK with no luggage and in the time since he has rebuilt his family, and has several children, grandchildren and now a great-grandchild.
He is one of Britain’s most prominent Holocaust survivors and has regularly travelled all over the UK and gives his testimony at schools. Notably, Zigi has given talks to the England football team and in recent years returned to Stutthof Concentration Camp with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
“And I beg the young people, whatever you do, do not hate. Hate will ruin your life.”