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December 31, 2015 6:48 pm

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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  • for those not a life what different dos it make
    as a survival and testified at the goring trial
    it is to late for us
    better later than never but not change my life

  • Sherlock Holmes

    When the EU appointed the January date for Holocaust Remembrance Day, H M The Queen led the first service from Westminster Hall [not a Church] and received many survivors at a Palace reception. H M The Queen formally opened the Holocaust Galleries of the Imperial War Museum, designed to fit in with the Holocaust Studies of the National Curriculum. Prince Philip’s mother protected a Jewish family in the royal palace in German occupied Athens and she was honoured as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem. She is buried on the Mount of Olives. The Holocaust Educational Trust sends students and teachers to Auschwitz to deepen their understanding of what they study or teach in school.

  • Jonas

    Too late too little !!!!!!!!!!!
    God Save the “Muslim Empire”

  • theo

    While she is about it ,she could advise the BBC to rid itself of its anti Israel bias
    This would show her good faith in this action

  • Vera Gara

    I am vey happy Her Majesty the Queen honouring survivors .i do speak to student also university students for the last 37 years here in Ottawa and also outside Ottawa.i get a great deal of satisfaction and understanding from the is important as long as we survivors are here and can do it to do I wish the survivors good health keep on going. I am 82 years old.Thank you
    Sincerely Vera.

    • vera Gara

      I like to thank you that you have published my comment with several others. I wish everyone a healthy and Happy New Year and I hope we will see a lasting peace in our live time.
      Sincerely Vera.

  • Natan

    Many of the survivors has now passed away, and I was wondering why it has taken so long for this important part of Jewish history t to be recognized. By the British Governebt.

    • Sherlock Holmes

      It has been recognised for years. Many Holocaust survivors have been recognised and honoured for their role in education. Those who helped rescue Jews from occupied Europe have also been honoured by H M Govt.Smallbones [Frankfurt], Foley [Berlin] and Winton[Prague] were only the three most famous, but there were many Brits who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from Europe. Parliament in 1938 passed a special law to allow unlimited refugees under 17 years old, so that Solomon Schonfeld and others could use the Kindetransport to bring thousands of Jewish children into Britain. The US Congress was asked to pass a similar law and flatly refused, failing to even fill the US quotas that would have allowed many more Jews to enter the USA.