Lily Ebert BEM survived the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jews, and as a Holocaust survivor is still more than willing, all those years later, to remind us of the terrible consequences of racism and hate.
Lily was one of the survivors met by Linlithgow MP Martin Day at the launch of new resources to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, and although the Nazi terror swept Europe in the 1930’s and 1940’s the memories she carries – and the message she and her fellow survivors have for the world – is as potent as ever.
Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated each year on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death and concentration camp.
It provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and also subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur – and it asks people to apply these lessons to the present day to create a safer, better future.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust promotes and supports HMD activities in the UK.
Survivor John Hadju spoke about his experience of being forced to live in a Budapest ghetto at the age of seven.
He survived, only to have to escape the subsequent Communist regime in Hungary in 1956.
He recalled his long journey as a refugee with his mother which saw them settle in the UK – a foreign country whose language they couldn’t speak.
With determination, John made Britain his home.
Martyn Day said: “John and Lily’s stories are a reminder of the importance of marking Holocaust Memorial Day, where we remember the millions who were affected by the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
“I want to encourage people in Linlithgow and East Falkirk to mark HMD on January 27, 2017.
Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “We were delighted that Martyn showed his support for Holocaust Memorial Day.
“We hope that many more people in Linlithgow and East Falkirk will use the free resources available through our website to organise activities for next year’s HMD adding to the record 5,590 activities which took place for HMD 2016.