Holocaust Memorial Day: In Conversation with Holocaust Survivor, Steven Frank BEMWhen:18/01/2021 at 12:30 pm Where:Online Watch Recording
Live Q&A Webinar
Lansons Diversity Group
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year on Wednesday 27th January to commemorate the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The 27th January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
This year, the Lansons Diversity Group will be hosting a very special and rare opportunity to hear from Steven Frank BEM, a survivor of the holocaust, who survived multiple concentration camps as a child.
Steven Frank was born in 1935 into a secular Jewish family in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His father was a well known Dutch lawyer joined the Dutch Resistance, all whilst reluctantly working for the Jewish Council of Amsterdam, which was forced to carry out Nazi orders. In 1942 he was betrayed and arrested in his office in Amsterdam and imprisoned, tortured and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau where he was gassed in January 1943. The rest of Steven's family were sent to Terezín (Theresienstadt) in Czechoslovakia where they all survived and were liberated by the Red Army on 9th May 1945. Steven’s mother, fearing that there would be no survivors in the Netherlands where Dutch survivors were being sent, protested and wished to go to Britain where her parents had immigrated at the turn of the nineteenth century. After a unique journey which included persuading the Royal Air Force to fly her and her boys to England they arrived at Croydon Airport south of London. Steven, his mother and two brothers slowly began to rebuild their lives in Britain. He now lives in Hertfordshire and regularly speaks in schools about his experiences during the Holocaust.
Holocaust Memorial Day, presented by Lansons Diversity Group
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