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Henry and the Holocaust

Holocaust Memorial DayEvents to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps will be held in and around Suffolk this week.

There is an exhibition in the Waterfront building at University Campus Suffolk from 10am to 4pm on 26th, 27th and 28th January, with a time for reflection from noon until 1.15pm on Wednesday 27th January. Speakers will include councillors from Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council.

Several years ago, our membership included someone who’d been liberated from the Theresienstadt Ghetto in 1945. Nearly 141,000 Jews were sent to the ghetto; only 17,247 survived. The rest died from disease or malnutrition, or were sent to the death camps.

I knew nothing about Henry’s history when he was a member of Suffolk Humanists, enjoying social events amongst friends. He never spoke about it, and most people took him for a typically English, mild-mannered gentleman.

Henry Green was the youngest of four children who were raised in a small Jewish community in Poland. They didn’t have much money but it was a close, loving family. His father was a pillar of the local community who taught his children his strong ethical values. Everything that Henry knew was destroyed by the Nazis.