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Auschwitz survivor to speak at Dudley Holocaust Memorial Commemoration

Dudley MP Ian Austin has invited residents to attend Dudley's annual Holocaust commemoration.

A woman who survived a Nazi concentration camp will be visiting Dudley to speak at the town’s annual Holocaust Memorial Service.

Susan Pollack was born in 1930 in Felsögöd, Hungary and lived near to her large extended family with her Brother, Mother and Father. In 1938 her Uncle was murdered by Fascists as anti-Semitism grew in Felsögöd. After the outbreak of the war her Father was taken to a concentration camp and in May 1944 Susan and her family were sent by cattle truck to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The service, organised by Ian Austin MP and Dudley College Students’ Union, has become a fixture in the town’s calendar since it was first held eight years ago. Hundreds of local people heard Holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis describe her experiences of surviving Adampol concentration camp at last years’ service.

The commemoration is organised with the support of the Holocaust Educational Trust. Two students from Ellowes Hall School who visited Auschwitz as part of the trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ programme will be taking part in the commemoration. Local religious leaders and the Mayor will also take part.

It will conclude with the ceremonial lighting of the Candle of Remembrance as the Mayor leads local faith leaders in a two minute silence to honour the victims of the Holocaust.

The Commemoration is open to all residents in Dudley and will take place between at the Broadway Campus of Dudley College starting at 12:30 and lasting until 13:30 on Friday 29th January 2015.

Ian Austin MP said:

“I have been to Auschwitz with local students from Dudley and what we saw was truly chilling.

“Our annual commemoration is always a very moving and dignified service which as well as honouring those who died, remembers the heroism of local heroes, such as Frank Foley and the many other war veterans who fought to free Europe of the Nazis and gives us the opportunity to dedicate ourselves to oppose racism and prejudice.

“I really hope that as many local people as possible will attend the event during their lunch hour, in between meetings, before going shopping in the town centre or picking the kids up from school.

“The service was really well attended last year and I hope the same can happen this year. To have Susan speaking at the event is a great honour. Hearing her will be a real privilege and something I’m sure the veterans, residents and students in the audience will never forget.”

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