A MAN who survived the horrors of the Holocaust will be speaking in Dudley later this month.

Zigi Shipper BEM will visit Dudley to speak at the town's annual Holocaust Day Memorial Service on Friday January 25.

Born in Poland in 1930 to a Jewish family, Zigi and his grandparents were forced into the Lodz ghetto in 1940, before Zigi was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944 and then to Stutthof concentration camp until the end of the war.

He was honoured with the British Empire Medal by the Queen in 2016 in recognition of his work to educate young people about the Holocaust.

Zigi will speak at Dudley College Broadway campus at an commemoration event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day organised by Ian Austin MP and Dudley College Students’ Union.

Ian Austin MP said: "It is very good of Zigi to come to Dudley and share his experiences – it is always an honour to hear from those who survived such horrific events.

“The commemoration is always a very moving and dignified service which as well as honouring those who died, remembers the heroism of local heroes, such as Frank Foley and the many other war veterans who fought to free Europe of the Nazis and gives us the opportunity to dedicate ourselves to oppose racism and prejudice.

“I really hope that as many local people as possible will attend the event during their lunch hour, in between meetings, before going shopping in the town centre or picking the kids up from school."

He added: "The service was really well attended last year and I hope the same can happen this year, it is always a real privilege organising this even in Dudley and something I’m sure residents and students in the audience will never forget.”

The commemoration event is open to the community and takes place from 12.30pm to 2pm. To sign up to attend, visit: http://www.ianaustin.co.uk/holocaust_memorial_day_commemoration_2019