Speak Up, Speak Out at Holocaust Memorial

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THIS year’s Holocaust Memorial Day will be commemorated with a number of poignant events.

One of the more enlightening will see Holocaust survivor, Mala Tribich, give a talk on her personal experiences during a schools event at Wilton hall, Bletchley, on February 7.

Starting at 9.45am visitors will be entertained by presentations from students Callum Read and Derryn Hudson, who visited Auschwitz, following a talk from Mala about her harrowing experiences.

She and her family fled Poland in 1939 when the Nazis invaded, moving to a ghetto in overcrowded, unhygienic conditions.

The family decided it best for her and her cousin, Idzia Klein to be taken to the town of Czestochowa to try and pass as Christian children.

After losing both her parents she was left with the responsibility of raising her five-year-old cousin. However, she soon found herself working as a slave labourer until November 1944.

Eventually she was re-united with her brother Ben, who she thought had died and they met up again, in England, in 1947.

Her testament is expected to be extremely heart-wrenching but educational.

Places for the event are free on a first come, first served basis and any school which would like its pupils to attend can contact Paul Salver at Leon School or via email on psalver@tiscali.co.uk.

Paul said: “The horrific legacy of the Holocaust is still relevant today, with events on the world stage, which show the suffering that people are still able to inflict on each other, through prejudice.

“It is important that young people are aware of this and play an active part in trying to combat it.”