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Queen Elizabeth to Recognize Holocaust Survivors in Traditional Year-End Honors

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 The entry gate to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Ten Holocaust survivors were honored by the Queen in the New Year’s Honors List. Photo: Neil via Wikimedia Commons.

The entry gate to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Ten Holocaust survivors were honored by the Queen in the New Year’s Honors List. Photo: Neil via Wikimedia Commons.

The Queen of England will recognize the contributions of 10 Holocaust survivors in her annual “New Year’s Honors List” the UK’s Jewish News reported on Wednesday.

Zigi Shipper, Susan Pollack, Ivor Perl, Lilly Ebert, Chaim Ferster, Jack Kagan, Freddie Knoller, Rudy Oppenheimer, Rene Salt and Agnes Grunwald-Spier will be honored for their efforts to spread awareness about the atrocities committed by the Nazis. Members of the group have collectively shared their tales of survival with thousands of students, supported the establishment of Holocaust Memorial Day and written books about the Holocaust, Jewish News reported.

“I have been honored as part of a dedicated team who work to strengthen our resolve for a fairer, safer future, and to learn lessons from the Holocaust and more recent genocides,” said Pollock, who survived Auschwitz without her parents.

Pollock has spoken about the Holocaust in schools and at public events for three decades. She also testified at the trial of former SS officer Oskar Groening alongside Perl, who said about the year-end honor: “I’ve received much good news in my life but this must top it all.”

Britain’s Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) nominated many of the survivors to be recognized. HET Chief Executive Karen Pollack called the honorees “inspirational men and women.”
“Thousands of lives have been changed because of the tireless bravery of these remarkable people,” she said.
HMDT Chief Executive Olivia Marks-Woldman said, “The Queen has embodied the welcome they found here in Britain, where they came to rebuild their lives.” She added that the awards should be seen as recognition of the contribution of all survivors in the UK, and also as a memorial to those who have died.

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