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Concentration camp survivor to speak at Dudley Holocaust Memorial Commemoration

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

Mala Tribich was born in 1930 in Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939 Mala and her family fled before being forced to live in a ghetto. When the ghetto was liquidated Mala became a slave labourer until 1944 when she was moved to Ravensbruck concentration camp and later to Bergen-Belsen. She and her brother were the only members of their family to survive the Holocaust.

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. Nearly 200 people heard Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke describe her experiences of growing up in Mauthausen 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 Deputy Mayor will also take part.

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

The Commemoration is open to all residents in Dudley and will take place between 12:30 and 13:30 on Friday 24 January 2014. 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. This event will be about remembering those who died and also thanking those local heroes, such as Frank Foley and the many other war veterans who I have met, who risked their lives to save others and rid Europe of the hatred and bigotry of the Nazis.

“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.

“More and more people attend the event each year to pay their respects and listen to the amazing stories of those who have survived the Holocaust and to hear about the great bravery of those who risked their own lives to save others.

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

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