The horrors of the Holocaust were brought home to students when they heard the tale first-hand from a survivor.
Mala Tribich MBE spoke to 170 Year 9 students during a visit to Oakwood School, in Horley.
Mala was just nine when the Second World War started and, by the time it ended she had been interred in the Ravensbruck and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps.
Her younger sister was among many murdered in a forest after they were taken from a Polish ghetto.
Mala’s visit to Oakwood was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust as part of its year-round Outreach Programme with schools across the UK.
Catherine Jackson, head of humanities at Oakwood, said Mala’s words would “remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced”.
She added: “We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Mala’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”