Ten survivors recognised for education role
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.”
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