Students meet a Holocaust Survivor and engage in challenging debate

On Thursday 22nd June, Ark 6th Form Philosophy and Ethics students attended a conference at St Richard's Catholic College in Bexhill.

The Purpose of the day was to consider whether "The God of Classical Theism is an incoherent concept."

At the start of the day, students were introduced to Mrs Dorit Oliver Wollf, a Holocaust Survivor who has written a book called 'From Yellow Star to Pop star'.

Dorit has led a remarkable life; born a Hungarian Jew, she danced in front of the future king of Yugoslavia at just four years old; by six years old she was in hiding from the German soldiers who were rounding up and transporting her fellow Jews to concentration camps around Europe.

In her first book, 'From Yellow Star to Pop Star', Dorit recounts how she and her mother survived years of terror, with narrow escapes from capture and bombing raids plus betrayal by those she thought were her friends.

The Holocaust is just part of Dorit's incredible story. After the war, stateless and without papers, she joined a touring dance group in order to be permitted to leave the country. She studied by day and sang and danced in seedy night clubs by night until her life was turned around when a talent scout spotted her and she got a record deal. Almost overnight Dorit found herself on stage singing to the very German soldiers who were a threat to her survival just a few years previously.

Students spent the remainder of the day participating in short 15 min workshops, to formulate arguments for and against the existence of God, looking at the following philosophical premises:

  • Freewill
  • Protest Theism
  • Faith responses
  • Satan
  • Darkness into light
  • Logical argument

The day ended with a lively debate amongst the different schools that had participated in the conference. For the students it has helped them engage in challenging debate and prepare them for the examinations at the end of Year 13.