Holocaust survivor & fundraiser gives talk to pupils
Ben Harris

Old Giggleswickian and Holocaust survivor, Harry Kessler, visited Giggleswick to speak with pupils from Years 9-13 about his life experiences.

Harry Kessler left Giggleswick in July 1949.  He was Head of Nowell House, Sergeant of the CCF, 1st VIII Gym Captain and played for the 1st XV Rugby.

In January 2022, Harry was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Holocaust education and awareness. Harry’s work with the Holocaust Educational Trust all stems from his own personal experience of fleeing Austria with his family when he was just a small boy at the very start of the second world war.

In addition to Harry’s work with the Holocaust Educational Trust, Harry is a keen fundraiser and has been a huge supporter of the Guide Dogs Association for several years, most recently completing a 900-mile bike ride to raise over £10,700 for the Guide Dogs Association. Inspired by Harry’s feat, Morrison House took on their own charity 24-hour cycle with the money raised also going to the Guides Dog Association.

Harry’s talk was hugely beneficial and insightful for all the pupils and staff who attended. We would like to thank Harry for coming to visit us and hope to see him back at Giggleswick in the near future.