Mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 by hearing Holocaust Survivor Ruth Posner BEM share her testimony, during a live webinar organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.
The event will be hosted by UCL Jewish Society, who will speak on the importance of Holocaust remembrance and how this feeds into tackling contemporary antisemitism .
Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated in January every year, in memory of the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust. As we mark the 78th anniversary since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, we are privileged to still have a handful of Holocaust Survivors with us and willing to share their testimony. It is our duty to listen to their stories and share what we have learnt in the future, to ensure the Holocaust is never forgotten, and that antisemitism on our campus and in the wider community never goes unchallenged.
Ruth was born in Warsaw in 1930. After the Germans invaded, Ruth was thrown out of her home and marched to the Warsaw Ghetto. Eventually, Ruth and her aunt were able to escape to the non-Jewish side of Warsaw. Ruth assumed a false identity and was hidden with a Catholic family. However, Ruth and her aunt were arrested for being Polish Catholic as opposed to being Jewish. Toward the end of the war, the Germans put Ruth on a train which ended up in the large town of Essen, where she hid on a local farm until the end of the war.
Post-War Ruth came to the UK at the age of 16. She went to school and later to a dance and drama college. She continued training with the London Contemporary Dance theatre, became a member and stayed with them for 18 years, performing and teaching.