Pupils at The Robert Burns Academy received a special talk from the daughter of two people who survived the Holocaust.

The Holocaust is described as being the genocide of European Jews in the lead up to, and during, World War II.

Gillian Field's parents, Henry (born Heinz) Wuga and Ingrid Wolff, both born in 1924, left Germany and came to Scotland when they were only 15 on what was known as Kindertransport- which brought thousands of refugee children to Britain.

Cumnock Chronicle: Gillian speaking with some pupils.Gillian speaking with some pupils. (Image: NQ Archive)

The school has had a keen interest in the of the war, including how Jewish people were treated throughout.

Pupils, Katie Thomson and Adana Watson got to travel to Poland and represent the school as 'Lessons from Auschwitz' (LFA) ambassadors.

LFA is a project is based around the principle of teaching new audiences of the atrocities that happened back then.

Katie and Adana were selected from a keen bunch to take on the roles, which involved things like going to Poland, delivering speeches and talks, and organising to bring Gillian into the school to speak.

Cumnock Chronicle: Gillian Field's parents, Heinz Wuga and Ingrid WolffGillian Field's parents, Heinz Wuga and Ingrid Wolff (Image: NQ Archive)

They said: "We went to Poland in November and it's all part of teaching kids in schools about this and making sure they're aware of what went on back then.

"It's been an amazing experience to be a part of.

"It's incredible to hear the stories from Gillian because you can read about it, or watch programmes about what went on, but until you hear it from someone so close to it all, it's totally different."

Gillian, from Edinburgh, told incredible tales of how her father had been suspected by MI5 of being a German spy, all because he wrote letters to his dear mother, who was still in Germany at the time.

Cumnock Chronicle: Looking through the memorabilia. Looking through the memorabilia. (Image: NQ Archive)

An 11-month ordeal went on before the 16-year-old was then cleared.

Ingrid, Gillian's mum, started to attend a refugee centre in Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow.

It was there she met Henry and they married in December 1944.

Gillian's mum sadly passed away in 2020, but Henry has recently celebrated his 100th birthday and is still sharp as a tack, according to Gillian.

Telling their stories and educating young people about what went during that time is something that drives Gillian on.

Cumnock Chronicle: Gillian with Adana and Katie.Gillian with Adana and Katie. (Image: NQ Archive)

Gillian said: "Once they [her parents] spoke, with the help of the Holocaust Educational Trust, to thousands of students about their experience.

"They also volunteered for charities because they felt the importance of giving back - repaying the kindness shown to the when they were trying to build their lives in Scotland.

"As I got older I realised that they were pretty remarkable and they had a very positive attitude.

"My sister and I see it as an importance to share their story with as many people as possible.

"I did the first presentation with my dad to a school in Glasgow and my dad answered all the questions.

"I've done probably around 10 or 11 events like this, but we've only been doing it since last year, but we feel it's extremely important."