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03.03.19

Survivor talk: Arek Hersh

Arek Hersh was born in Poland in 1930.  Arek survived forced labour and the Lodz Ghetto before being deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.

After forced labour in the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Arek was taken on a march to Buchenwald and from there to Czechoslovakia. By the time he was liberated from Theresienstadt aged just 15, Arek was an orphan. His parents, siblings and over 70 members of his family had been murdered, most at the Chelmno death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Arek came to the UK in August 1945 with a group of 300 children brought to Windermere in the Lake District. He settled in the UK and made Yorkshire his home with his wife Jean and their three children.

We are privileged to host Arek at the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre. Arek’s story features in our exhibition and he has been an active speaker for HSFA over many years. Arek will talk about his experiences, take questions, and sign copies of his autobiography, A Detail of History.

The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre will be open from 12 – 4pm to enable guests to see the exhibition. Refreshments will be available after Arek’s talk for a small donation.