Ten sur­vivors recog­nised for ed­u­ca­tion role

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOSH JACKMAN AND NAOMI FIRSHT

TENHOLOCAUST­sur­vivor­shave­been recog­nised in the Queen’s New Year’s hon­ours list, for their con­tri­bu­tions to Shoah ed­u­ca­tion.

Susan Pol­lack was made an MBE for her work sup­port­ing Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day.

She sur­vived Auschwitz as a teenager and has re­counted her story in schools and at events for nearly 30 years. She said she was hon­oured to re­ceive the award.

Hun­gar­ian-born Auschwitz sur­vivor Agnes Grun­wald-Spier was ap­pointed an MBE for ser­vices to the Jewish com­mu­nity and Holo­caust aware­ness.

She has pub­lished two books about the history of the Holo­caust, and served as a trus­tee of the Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day Trust. She said: “I am ab­so­lutely thrilled. Lots of peo­ple do what I have done but don’t get ac­knowl­edged.”

Fred­die Knoller, 94, was awarded the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal (BEM). He has re­lated his ex­pe­ri­ences as a sur­vivor and re­sis­tance fighter at 385 schools since 2002. “This is my life; this is where I feel that what I’m do­ing is im­por­tant,” he said.

Mr Knoller, who cel­e­brated 65 years of mar­riage with wife Freda last week, said the hon­our was the per­fect an­niver­sary present. “I rec­om­mend mar­riage very much; I tell that to the chil­dren when I go into schools,” he said.

Auschwitz sur­vivor Ivor Perl, who works with the HMD Trust, was also awarded the BEM. He said: “I had a choice of coun­tries to go to af­ter the war in 1945, but I never really re­alised how lucky I was that I chose Bri­tain.”

Zigi Ship­per, 85, who re­ceived the BEM, has worked with the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust for around 20 years.

He said: “What I do now, I feel I owe it to the peo­ple who didn’t sur­vive. I was lucky to get in­volved in HET. I get so much out of it.”

Chaim Fer­ster from Sal­ford, Jack Ka­gan, Rudi Op­pen­heimer, Lily Ebert and Re­nee Salt, all from Lon­don, also re­ceived Bri­tish Em­pire Medals. Agnes Grun­wald-Spier: “ab­so­lutely thrilled” John Joseph was ap­pointed an MBE Art col­lec­tor Anita Zablu­dow­icz Jack Ka­gan re­ceived the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal

PHOTO: MAY FARHI

Lim­mud co-founder Clive Lawton

Knight­hood for tele­vi­sion pro­ducer Colin Cal­len­der

Medal­list: sur­vivor Chaim Fer­ster

Nor­man Stoller: knighted for char­i­ta­ble work

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