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Holocaust Memorial Day at Sussex 'The Power of Words’

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This annual event, organised by the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, will take place in the afternoon of Wednesday 7 February 2018.

‘THE POWER OF WORDS’

The programme will be split into sections:

Philippe Sands, Professor of Law at University College London and barrister East West Street: A Personal History of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London and a barrister and arbitrator at Matrix Chambers. He is the author of Lawless World (2005) and Torture Team (2008), of academic books on international law, and contributes to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times and The Guardian.

Susan Pollack, survivor of Auschwitz will speak about her experiences during the Holocaust

Susan Pollack born Zsuzsanna Biall on 9 September 1930 in Felsögód, Hungary, and held in the Vac ghetto and Monor internment camp. In May 1944, with her mother and brother, she was moved to Auschwitz, in the last transport of Hungarians. "Day after day in a dark, closed wagon, no hygiene, no food or water, people dying". Her mother was gassed on arrival; her brother survived, in the squad moving bodies to the ovens. Susan was transferred to the Gubben slave labour camp and finally force-marched to Bergen-Belsen.

"On liberation, I was virtually a corpse, unable to walk, and would soon have died." With other young people she was sent to Sweden and then to Canada, where she married fellow-Hungarian Abraham Pollack, a survivor of Mauthausen. They have three daughters and six grandchildren and have lived in London since 1962. Susan has worked as a librarian and lately as a Samaritan volunteer. She published her story in the book Witness and continues to bear Holocaust testimony.

"Because I was there, I speak for those who can’t. The great evil that pervaded so many minds in a civilized country destroyed more than fifty members of my family. It is a lesson for all time: will later generations stand up for the rights of others, or remain the silent majority? My hope is for a unified protest against all evil, which diminishes not only the victim, but humanity as a whole.”

Film: ‘Not Idly by - Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust’ a documentary by Pierre Sauvage (Winner, documentary award, Toronto Jewish Film Festival)

Not Idly By—which was released in September 2014—provides the riveting first-hand testimony of the charismatic and eloquent Bergson, who comments on the response to the crisis by non-European Jews and describes his determined efforts to fight the Holocaust: the innovative and provocative full-page political ads in major newspapers, the fiery 1943 Ben Hecht/Kurt Weill pageant We Will Never Die (Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl)—heard extensively for the first time since 1943!—the rabbis’ march in Washington before Yom Kippur 1943, the creation of various activist committees and the energetic and productive lobbying of American government officials that ultimately helped lead to the establishment at last of a U.S. rescue agency.

This event is open to everyone (age 16+), however booking is essential as seating is limited.

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