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Holocaust Memorial Day. 27th January 2020. 10.00-11.30 am

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Princess Gwenllian Centre

Hillfield Villas

Kidwelly

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A morning to pay our respects to those who were murdered in the Holocaust. Jews, Roma, disabled people, homosexuals, Ethnic Poles.

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Holocaust Memorial Day

Free Event *** January 27th, 2020 will mark the Holocaust Memorial where Cardiff, Swansea and nationally around we see ceremonies marking the sad occasion. This, will be the first in West Wales at the Princess Gwenlllian Centre, Kidwelly, that charity, The Olive Trust are organising.

Denise Kingsley-Jones, Head of The Trust will be relaying her family’s story.

“My Grandfather, Jimmy Lefco upon being sent to the UK in the 1930’s due to his family worrying about events unfolding in pre-war Hungary that had seen long-term restrictions and discrimination for Jewish businesses and jobs for Jews. When, the war started my maternal-grandmother, Dorothy Freed was sent from London to Llanelli as an eighteen year-old and I wrote the story a few years ago where it was taken up by the Carmarthen Journal and The Llanelli History Society. She always spoke of her love for Wales and I grew up hearing her stories of how the train steamed through villages and the country-side morphed to valleys and lush landscapes. As, she saw the sea her eyes widened as she was taken to a farmhouse and she recalled a grand oak staircase, wood panelling, a warm fireplace and picture windows with views over the estuary.

On a not so fortunate train, my maternal grandfather was in Hungary trying to arrange for our family to leave and travel to the UK for sanctuary where an SS officer on board ordered him to ‘get to the back of the train,’ destined for the camps. An American soldier told him not to move and saved his life but his family had the wrong papers due to a change in borders, when Czechoslovakia and Hungary were created out of the collapse of the Russian empire and their papers were not valid.

As my grandmother spent almost a year in Wales, she never forgot the warmth of its people, life beside the sea and fresh produce to eat. Years later as she lay in hospital, she asked me to find the place she had such fond memories of - ‘Bwlch y Gwynt’ farm, Llanelli and asked me to find it. I had been living and working in Swansea but had moved to Llanelli, so set about trying to find the farm.

In March, 1944 all of Hungary’s Jews that had thus, far been protected by their Regent Miklos Horthy but were invaded by Germany and forced to give up their Jews. Nearly, one million were sent to their deaths with ninety members of our family sent to Auschwitz in the space of three months. My grandfather never spoke about it such was the enormity of the trauma where his parents, siblings, family and their children were murdered. We only heard details about it through a long-lost cousin, a survivor who made it to America and whose daughter we are still in contact with.

My gran returned to London almost, a year later and in the basement of a tall building a tall, fair-haired gentleman approached her for a light. They were engaged three weeks later and married within six months. I was pregnant with my son and living in Machynys when walking with my then, partner and came across the sign ‘Here stood the lost community of Bwlch y Gwynt’ right where I had been living for almost a year! I managed to whisper to her that I had found it before she passed away.

My mother will be talking about how she discovered that two cousins had made it to the United States before the war and where George survived the Holocaust from Hungary, and made it to the US where he married another Holocaust survivor. Audrey, their daughter is still in contact. My mother will also speak about her experience, visiting Auschwitz.

We need to stand up to hate which is this year’s theme where not only six million Jews lost their lives but two million gypsies, homosexuals, those with disabilities, ethnic Poles perished as well as twins who were experimented on.”

Denise Kingsley-Jones will be telling her story on 27th January 2020 at the Princess Gwenllian Centre, Kidwelly. 10.00 am -11.30 am.

Free event. Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/holocaust-memorial-day-27th-january-2020-1000-1130-am-tickets-77160762919?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Join us for lunch after the event. Cost £3 www.olivetraining.co.uk

Please send me an e-mail if you have a story about the Holocaust to and would like to speak at the

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Hillfield Villas

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