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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

First Hand Account of Nazi Escape

Students in Year 7 are currently studying "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" by John Boyne.

Students in Year 7 are currently studying "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" by John Boyne.

"Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process."

CHSG students were very lucky to have been visited by Mr Hewitt, who told them of his experience during World War II which helped them to understand the context of "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas." Mr Hewitt escaped Germany with his family, aged 4.

Alexandra, 7LN, wrote to Mr Hewitt:

Dear Mr Hewitt
 
Thank you for visiting our school to talk about your shocking experience of your childhood in World War II and about how you escaped from the Nazis.
 
I was astonished at how you escaped on a boat to Sweden and then to England.  I am so glad that you were willing to share your fascinating story.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Alexandra