Derby Holocaust survivor to tell his story at special event

Bernard Grunberg 504 "If we don't keep the memories of the Holocaust alive, we risk standing by and seeing it happen again.” Ang Davies, Head of Education and Childhood Studies

Date posted: 9 January 2017

One of the last surviving holocaust survivors, Bernard Grunberg, will be visiting the University of Derby to recount how he fled a Fascist led Germany.

Bernard was born in 1923 in Lingen, Germany. Aged 15 years old, he came over to England on the Kindertransport in order to be protected from the Nazi regime who were targeting the Jewish community.

Bernard's father, mother and sister were all murdered by the Nazi regime and he never saw them again after leaving Germany.

Now, at 93, Bernard is a frequent speaker at The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, telling his story to hundreds of people each year.

He will visit the University on January 19 – ahead of National Holocaust Day which takes place on January 27 each year – to share his experience in World War Two.

Bernard said: “Survivors talk about their personal experience during the Holocaust. They talk of hope, education, reconciliation and tolerance that will prevent the Holocaust ever being repeated, but mass murder is still going on. What a pity the world at large has learned nothing from the persecution and murder that went on in Europe.”

It was after students from the College of Education visited Auschwitz last year that they found that one of the only remaining holocaust survivors lived within three miles of the University.

Ang Davey, Head of Education and Childhood Studies, at the University of Derby said: “I am delighted to welcome Bernard back to the University for a second talk on his experience of the Holocaust. People are aware that the Holocaust was a huge historical event but we need to be reminded that it began as discrimination against minority groups and if we don't keep the memories of the Holocaust alive, we risk standing by and seeing it happen again.”

The talk begins at 6pm and is held at the University’s Kedleston Road Site.

Booking is required for the event can be accessed here.

For further press information please contact Holly Smith, University of Derby Communications Assistant, on 01332 591187 or email:


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