Holocaust survivor shares his memories

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A HOLOCAUST survivor who found sanctuary in Morpeth has been speaking of his experience.

A special service was held at North Tyneside Council to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday, January 27 and bring schoolchildren together with council officials and Jewish leaders to remember those who lost their lives.

Keynote speaker was Otto Deutsch, who talked about his experience of leaving his family behind in Vienna during the Nazi-controlled society of the 1930s.

Forced to leave his father, mother and sister as one of the 10,000 Jewish children who travelled to the safety of the UK as part of the Kindertransport evacuation, Otto lived with a family in Morpeth with two other refugees.

He addressed children from Carville, Waterville and Holy Cross RC primary schools, students from TyneMet College, members of the community, religious leaders, councillors and officers.

North Tyneside Mayor Linda Arkley said: “The annual ceremony held by the council provides an opportunity to remember those people who were victims of the Holocaust and other genocides.

“It also creates a chance to promote the importance of living in a community which is respectful of everyone in it, regardless of race, gender, culture or religion.

“I was delighted that Otto was kind enough to share his experiences and insights with us. The positive work he undertakes with schools, universities and the community should be an inspiration to us all.”

The event also heard from Grace Dunn, the local representative of the Anne Frank Trust, as well as John Anderson on behalf of Show Racism the Red Card.

Memorial candles were lit and visitors were able to write in the Holocaust commemorative book. Guests were also able to spend time in the council’s Holocaust Memorial Garden – the only one of its kind in the north.