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Holocaust survivor from Hove fears rise in anti-Semitism

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A survivor of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz has been telling ITV Meridian that she fears the consequences of a rise in anti-Semitism.

Shindy Perez from Hove was speaking ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day this weekend.

As a girl of fifteen, Shindy was taken to Auschwitz with her grandparents and her two aunts but became forcibly separated soon after.

She never saw them again.

The first day in Auschwitz we were asking other people 'when can we see our grandparents?' and they said 'see those chimneys? They're gone'. And that was it...nothing."

– Shindy Perez, Holocaust survivor

Shindy says her grandmother realised the only way to save her from the gas chambers was to convince the guards she was old enough to work instead, claiming she was eighteen years old.

Around 1 million Jews died in Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War.

Shindy has survived a total of five death camps, including Belsen before she was liberated.

She says the suffering of the Jewish people and others under Hitler must never be forgotten.

Shindy has been building a life in Brighton, but says she is concerned about the rise in anti-Semitism across the world.