Holocaust survivor shares his memories with Plymouth students
A HOLOCAUST survivor is sharing his memories to pass the story of the atrocities on to the next generation.
Solly Irving will spend four days taking to school children and students in Plymouth.
Mr Irving was the only member of his family to survive the Nazi concentration camps and the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany and her allies which killed six million Jews during the Second World War.
He was set free from the Theresienstadt concentration camp near Prague in 1945. Of Poland's 3.3 million Jews, more than 90 per cent died.
Solly was one of the first 300 children to be brought to Britain after the Government declared the country would take in 1,000 Jewish children from Solly's area of Poland. Only 732 could be found.
He will also give a public talk at Crownhill Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 16. That event, titled Destined To Survive, begins at 7pm.
The series of informal talks with question and answer sessions builds up to Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday, January 27.
The annual civic commemoration will be at 2.35pm in The English Garden, Mount Edgcumbe, attended by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Wright.
Mr Irving is originally from Poland but lives in London.
He has made trips to Plymouth for the past 12 years to talk about the suffering he and fellow Jews endured at the hands of the Nazis in World War Two.
The visits are arranged through Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity, in St Judes.
The commemorations include a public exhibition of art work, poetry and performances reflecting on the Holocaust and its aftermath from 10am-2pm on Friday, January 25 in the Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University.