Holocaust survivor to speak at memorial day event

Tuesday's event will feature a talk from Holocaust survivor Rudi Oppenheimer

Tuesday's event will feature a talk from Holocaust survivor Rudi Oppenheimer - Credit: Archant

Holocaust survivor Rudi Oppenheimer will be sharing his story at the Old Town Hall on Tuesday.

The 83-year-old’s visit marks Holocaust Memorial Day, which also falls on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Mr Oppenheimer was incarcerated in Bergen-Belsen along with his parents, brother and sister in February 1944.

He was on the last Nazi train out of the camp in April 1945 and liberated two weeks later.

In addition to the talk, the event - open to the public - will feature a question and answer session, a candle lighting ceremony and performances by pupils from schools across the borough.

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The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “This is about marking the past so that the same mistakes are not made in the future, which is why we put school pupils at the centre of the event.

“We hope that by sharing the horrific experiences of people like Rudi we can influence a generation to stand up against intolerance and be welcoming and understanding towards people of all backgrounds.”

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