Ian Austin

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Concentration camp survivor to speak at Dudley Holocaust Commemoration

Local MP invites residents to attend annual commemoration.

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

Hannah Lewis was born in 1937 in Włodawa, Poland. In 1942 the Germans began rounding up Jews in her home town and sent them to various labour camps. In 1943 Hannah and her family were marched to a labour camp in a village called Adampol. Hannah and her father were the only members of their family to survive the camp.

The service, organised by Austin and Dudley College Students’ Union, has become a fixture in the town’s calendar since it was first held seven years ago. Hundreds of local people heard Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich describe her experiences of surviving Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at last year’s service.

The commemoration is organised with the support of the Holocaust Educational Trust. Two students from Bishop Milner Catholic 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 23 January 2015. Limited parking is available at the College.

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 Hannah 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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