My Week: Clementine Smith plans a trip to Israel

The ambassador outreach officer for the Holocaust Educational Trust recounts her week

Clementine Smith
Clementine Smith

MONDAY - I'm in Westminster for our first-ever ambassador conference. More than 500 of our ambassadors are there. These are young people who have visited Auschwitz-Birkenau through the trust's Lessons From Auschwitz project. We hear from some great speakers, including the BBC's Nick Robinson and Liberty's Shami Chakrabarti. The conference launches our ambassador programme. We head to Speaker's House in parliament for a reception to celebrate the launch.

TUESDAY - Back to parliament, this time to the House of Lords, to give a debrief on yesterday's conference. Our 25 regional ambassadors - young volunteers who coordinate the work of our 20,000 ambassadors - have gathered to meet Lord Browne of Madingley, who heads our ambassador programme. They thrash out what worked and how we should develop the programme. They are helped by some special guests - Doreen Lawrence and Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon.

WEDNESDAY - I'm in north London to meet a Holocaust survivor to speak about sharing their testimony in schools for the first time - including their time in the Riga Ghetto and Stutthoff concentration camp. Such meetings are an increasingly rare occurrence - it's a sad fact that there are fewer survivors around to share their testimony. The current generation of students will be the last to hear directly from an eyewitness.

THURSDAY - I'm in the office for logistics - never my favourite thing, but I'm organising a trip to Jerusalem for our regional ambassadors. We're going to Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust and the leading Holocaust research institution.

FRIDAY - Out to Enfield to hear a Holocaust survivor deliver their testimony to secondary school students. When you listen to a survivor, it's impossible not to be moved each time by the terrible loss and the story of survival.

The Holocaust Educational Trust works to educate people in the UK about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance

Clementine Smith is ambassador outreach officer for the Holocaust Educational Trust

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