A Holocaust survivor listened to pupils from two Haringey schools debate anti-Semitism this week.

Artist Moshe Galili, who was born in 1930 and hid from Nazis in Budapest, listened to two teams of three students from Highgate Wood School in Montenotte Road and Heartlands High School in Station Road who debated the issue to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

A panel of judges including Mr Galili’s wife Ruby, and the Deputy Mayor of Haringey Councillor David Browne, decided that the standard of debating was so good that the schools should share the trophy.

Cllr Browne added that he was so impressed he would help to set up a debating society at the two schools.

He said: “The passion of the young people involved was very impressive. I’m keen to help the schools set up a debating society because with coaching and practice they have great potential.

“In my professional life I have taken part in many debates and been called upon to do a lot of public speaking.

“Perhaps if I can help to get this established then the schools can build on its success by involving more schools in Haringey and in other boroughs?”

A service to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, which marks 67 years since troops liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp on January 27, 1945, will be held at Muswell Hill Library in Queen’s Avenue between 7.30-9pm tonight.