Holocaust survivors among those attending Enfield memorial service tonight (Thursday)

By Priya Kingsley-Adam in Local People

TWO survivors of the Holocaust will be among those remembering the millions of Jews who were killed during World War II at a service in Enfield Town tonight (Thursday).

The duo are Bernd Koschland, who escaped persecution by coming to Britain as a child on the Kindertransport, and Gerald Granston, who fled Germany on the SS St Louis cruise liner and received a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s honours for his services to Holocaust education. The commemorations to mark the annual Holocaust Memorial Day will be held at the Dugdale Centre, in London Road, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

The event is in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day tomorrow (Friday) which marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau-the site of the largest mass murder in history.

Earlier this week Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes pledged his support to honouring those killed during the Holocaust as well paying tribute to those who survived by signing The Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment.

The charity works to educate young people about the genocide so the lessons of the past are not repeated.

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust,” said Mr Burrowes.

As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day,” he added.

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