Holocaust Memorial Day

A survivor of the Holocaust will talk to children on North Tyneside about his escape from Vienna to Morpeth.

Full Report: Holocaust survivor tells his story

Sunday 27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day - the date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the liberation of the largest concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Today Day candles were lit and a service held to remember the victims of the Holocaust..

84-year-old Otto Deutsch was ten-years-old when he was taken from Vienna to the UK as part of the Kindertransport evacuation.

He was then taken in by a family in Morpeth.

His parents and sister, who at 17 was too old to join the evacuation, were shot and killed in a Nazi camp.

He spoke of his memories at the service.

You can see the full report from Julia Barthram below.

Tyneside marks Holocaust Memorial Day

North Tyneside Council has marked Holocaust Memorial Day by having a survivor from the Holocaust come to speak to school children from the region.

Otto Deutsch was one of 10,000 Jewish children who were evacuated to the UK for their safety during the Nazi regime, leaving behind his father, mother and sister in Vienna.

Mr Deutsch lived with a family in Morpeth in the 1930s, along with two other refugees.

The Holocaust survivor spoke to children primary school children, as well as members of the community, religious leaders and North East councillors.

Pupils from Wallsend's Holy Cross RC Primary School also performed a song that they had especially written for the ceremony.

"The annual ceremony held by the council provides an opportunity to remember those people who were victims of the Holocaust and other genocides.

It also creates a chance to promote the importance of living in a community which is respectful of everyone in it, regardless of race, gender, culture or religion.

I am delighted that Otto has been kind enough to share his insights and experiences with us. The positive work he undertakes with schools, universities and the community should be an inspiration to us all."

– Linda Arkley, North Tyneside Elected Mayor

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