Holocaust Memorial Day remembers those who suffered under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides. This year is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.
On the 24th January, Pickering library showcased a webcast organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust, by concentration camp survivor Susan Pollack MBE.
Susan experienced the growing persecution of the Jews, which culminated in the arrest and disappearance of her father in March 1944. Shortly after, she and many family members were deported to Auschwitz where her mother was murdered. Susan then survived a death march to Bergen-Belsen from where she was liberated by the British Army in April 1945.
Selby, Sherburn, Tadcaster, Barlby, Easingwold and other Libraries have been displaying posters, educational materials, leaflets and books from the 20th January which will be on display until the end of today.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “For many years our libraries have been inviting the community to come together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and this year is no different. It is essential to share the stories of those who suffered persecution, and most importantly to make sure the lessons of the past are never forgotten.”
For more information on which libraries have been involved visit
For Susan’s story click here.