A WOMAN who survived the Holocaust will be speaking at Dudley’s annual Holocaust Commemoration this Friday January 20.

The annual event, organised by a committee including Dudley College’s Students Union, the Holocaust Educational Trust and a small group of volunteers chaired by Councillor Keiran Casey, will take place in the Great Hall at Dudley College’s Broadway Campus between 12.45pm and 2.15pm.

Starting a number of years ago, the event is an opportunity to remember the millions of people who suffered in the Holocaust under Nazi persecution, ensuring this and other atrocities are never forgotten, as well as bringing civic, community and faith leaders together alongside residents and students.

The theme for this year’s memorial service is ‘Ordinary People’, which considers how individuals can address and challenge prejudices, and special guest speaker Eva Clarke BEM will be talking about her personal experience of the Holocaust.

Anyone intending to attend is asked to register via the following link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dudley-holocaust-commemoration-2023-tickets-506462020537 so organisers are aware of how many people will be at the event.

Cllr Casey, chairperson of the organising committee, said: “We are extremely grateful to Eva Clarke for agreeing to take part in this event.

"It's amazing that Holocaust survivors like Eva spend their time travelling up and down the country to teach people where hatred and prejudice can lead.

“Hundreds of local people usually come to these events which really help bring people together and build a stronger community, allowing us to reflect and pledge ourselves to fighting injustice and hatred wherever we may find it”.

Mollie-Amelia Hehir, president of Dudley College Students Union, said: “We are so pleased that once again we can collaborate and highlight the importance of this event to our student members.

"The event helps us educate all of our community members and act as a commitment to sharing the legacy of this dark period in history.”