The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Last week, we were thrilled to see the news that 10 Holo­caust sur­vivors were recog­nised in the New Year’s Hon­ours list. They de­serve it. We be­lieve pas­sion­ately that the sur­vivors who share their tes­ti­mony so tire­lessly, all de­serve it. In par­tic­u­lar, dur­ing the past in­cred­i­ble year, when we marked 70 years since the end of the Holo­caust, the sur­vivors were at the very cen­tre of ev­ery com­mem­o­ra­tion, as al­ways re­mind­ing us of their de­ter­mi­na­tion and strength.

Ev­ery one of th­ese re­mark­able peo­ple de­serves the high­est pos­si­ble hon­our for what they do. They con­stantly give up their time, trav­el­ling the length and breadth of the coun­try to speak in schools. They do not do this for recog­ni­tion or to be noted, but be­cause of a pro­found sense of duty and courage to en­sure fu­ture gen­er­a­tions know of the hor­ror they went through and for it to never hap­pen again to any­one, any­where. We value this all year round, but as we ap­proach Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day this year, it is a chance for us all to re­flect on the in­cred­i­ble ef­forts that Holo­caust sur­vivors make to ed­u­cate the next gen­er­a­tion, but also, to re­mem­ber what they en­dured.

Not one sur­vivor is over­looked by the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust and while we wish those who re­ceive hon­ours a hearty Mazel Tov, we know you all de­serve it and we will con­tinue to put for­ward the case for all of the sur­vivors to be recog­nised for what they do, and of course hope that mem­bers of the pub­lic will sup­port us in this en­deav­our.

You, the sur­vivors are our in­spi­ra­tion — the rea­son we do what we do. We can­not thank you enough. You are our he­roes, and we salute you! Karen Pol­lock Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust

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