A HOLOCAUST survivor returned to the train station where he first arrived in Scotland after escaping Nazi Germany to share his story with secondary school pupils.

Henry Wuga, 98, joined Poppyscotland and Gathering the Voices to help launch new lessons for Scottish schools, based on his story and that of other young refugees during the Second World War.

Wuga escaped Nazi Germany in 1939, aged just 15, leaving his parents behind in Nuremberg, and came to Glasgow on the Kindertransport.

The Jewish refugee made Scotland his home, marrying Ingrid, who also escaped via the Kindertransport, and managing his own catering business. In the new learning programme, pupils will be encouraged to reflect on the stories of people such as Wuga, and on the issues facing more recent child refugees, including Ukrainians.

Wuga met 10 S2 pupils from Shawlands Academy under Glasgow Central’s clock. After the visit, he said: “It was very interesting meeting the pupils and answering their questions. I think it’s important to share my story with a new generation while I can.

The National: Henry Wuga with pupils from Shawlands AcademyHenry Wuga with pupils from Shawlands Academy

“When I first arrived here 83 years ago it was a shock – I didn’t speak the language well and the food and customs were new. But Glasgow was very welcoming and I made it my home.”

Wuga had a happy childhood before the Nazis came to power but began to witness growing antisemitism, from bullying at school to the horrors of Kristallnacht in 1938.

His mother secured him a place on the Kindertransport, an international humanitarian programme that took about 10,000 children to Britain.

Wuga went to school in Glasgow and worked on a farm in Perthshire.

He was wrongly accused of espionage after writing letters to his parents in Germany, but was later cleared at the war’s end.

He returned to Glasgow and worked as a chef.

Wuga’s father died of a heart attack during an air raid in 1941, but he was able to bring his mother, who had survived the war thanks to the help of a Catholic neighbour, to Scotland.

Gordon Michie, Poppyscotland’s head of fundraising and learning, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Mr Wuga for supporting us and sharing his harrowing story with a new generation of Scottish children.

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“His testimony is an important addition to our programme and will encourage young people to reflect on issues that are all too relevant today.

“Sadly, millions of children throughout the world continue to be uprooted from their homes, escaping war, persecution, and poverty.

“We hope this will promote a wider understanding of refugees’ experiences, then and now, [and] the challenges they face when arriving in Scotland.”

The Gathering the Voices Association is a project to record testimonies from Holocaust refugees who have a connection to Scotland, and educate current and future generations.