For our October meeting we were joined by Mala Tribich MBE , a survivor of the Holocaust, who shared her powerful testimony with BBWI members and guests.
This meeting was arranged through the Holocaust Educational Trust whose work is to educate people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today. They have ensured that the Holocaust forms part of the National Curriculum for History. Caroline Slifkin, an educator with HET, joined us on zoom to support the session.
Mala was born in 1930 in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland. She was just 9 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland. Mala is a survivor of both Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. Only her brother Ben survived the Holocaust and they were reunited in England in 1947.
Mala also recommended the following books for our members and guests to read The Boys: The Story of 732 Young Concentration Camp Survivors by Martin Gilbert where she had shared her testimony with the author; and a new release, The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland.
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January each year and is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
We encourage our members and guests of BBWI to talk to friends, family, colleagues about the Holocaust and to read more about the events that happened and to increase and share your knowledge.