Hannah Lewis MBE: ‘A Girl Surviving the Holocaust: A Testimony’.

Series Name Stanley Burton Centre fro Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Speaker Hannah Lewis
Type Lectures & Talks
When 08 Feb 2018, 05:30PM - 07:00PM
Venue Bennett Lower Ground Floor Lecture Theatre 2
Open To Public
Ticket Price free
For Bookings Contact Nadine Tauchner nt153@le.ac.uk

An upcoming lecture at the University of Leicester will see Holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis MBE share her experiences growing up Poland and surviving the atrocities of the Nazi occupation during the Second World War.

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Week at the University of Leicester, Hannah will be delivering a lecture entitled ‘A Girl Surviving the Holocaust: A Testimony’. The lecture is free and open to the public, taking place from 5.30-7pm in the Bennett Lower Ground Floor Lecture Theatre 2 on Thursday 8 February.

Hannah’s testimony will feature her survival through the Second World War, and her understanding of how the Holocaust has impacted the contemporary world. Following Hannah’s talk, a Q&A session with the audience will take place.

Born on 1 June 1937 in Włodawa, Poland, Hannah’s childhood was devastated by the Nazi occupation. In 1943, Hannah and her family were rounded up and forcibly marched to a labour camp, where she ultimately bore witness to her mother being killed. Eventually moving to Britain in 1949, Hannah has been sharing her experiences in schools and universities for several years so that young people today can seek to understand the impact the Holocaust has had on the contemporary world.

Hannah was awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list for her work with the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The lecture has been organised by the University of Leicester’s Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Dr Svenja Bethke, Lecturer in Modern European History, said: “This event is a rare opportunity to hear the experiences of a girl’s struggle for survival against the Nazis’ discrimination, persecution and plans for systematic murder.

“It will allow us to write the perspective of the victims into history and to make their voices heard and remembered during Holocaust Awareness Week at the Stanley Burton Centre. For those attending the lecture, this is not only an extraordinary opportunity to hear Hannah’s testimony, but also to ask their own questions.”

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

For further information please contact: James Milton E: jm683@student.le.ac.uk or Dr Svenja Bethke E: sb744@le.ac.uk

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