Holocaust survivor to talk of his experiences at event in Chesterfield

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A Holocaust survivor is to speak at an event in Chesterfield to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Bernard Grunberg will speak at the event at Chesterfield College, Infirmary Road, from 11.30am on Tuesday, January 27 - the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp.

The event has been organised by Chesterfield Borough Council’s Equality and Diversity Forum with the Derbyshire Law Centre, Derbyshire Constabulary and Chesterfield College.

Bernard, a Jew, was 15 in 1938 when he was ordered to board a train in Germany, to be taken to safety in England.

He was never to see his parents again, nor his sister, who was 18 months older and deemed too old for the train.

Councillor Sharon Blank, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for customers and communities, said: “Each year we mark Holocaust Memorial Day because it is important for future generations to understand the horrors that happened then.

“We are honoured to welcome Bernard Grunberg to Chesterfield to tell his moving story and I would encourage people to join us to keep the memory alive.”

The event will run until 1.30pm.