Concentration camp survivor to meet liberator
The survivor of a Nazi concentration camp where thousands of people died will get to meet one of the soldiers that liberated her as part of events in Telford to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Polish-born Mala Tribich is visiting the borough from her London home and will be giving a talk in Telford on Wednesday January 28.
As part of her visit, she will meet noted Wellington author George Evans – who was part of the British 11th Armoured Division’s liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where thousands of people died including the teenage Dutch diarist and writer Anne Frank.
Telford & Wrekin Council is holding a civic ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day at its Addenbrooke House offices on Tuesday January 27.
This event will be hosted by Telford and Wrekin’s deputy mayor Councillor Amrik Jhawar and will also be attended by local people, community groups, faith organisations, school children and borough, town and parish councillors.
Mala Tribich’s visit to the borough is the following day (January 28), where she will give a talk on her experiences during the Second World War.
This includes how she was hidden by a Catholic family, the ordeal of being in ghetto, being incarcerated in a slave labour camp and finally ending up at the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she very nearly died in a rampant typhus epidemic.
Councillor Kuldip Sahota, Telford & Wrekin Council’s leader, said: “It is a rare thing this many years on from the Second World War for the survivor of a concentration camp to be meeting one of their liberators for the first time and so it will be a special moment.
“We always hold events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Telford and Wrekin and this year’s promises to be even more memorable than it usually is as a result of Mala and George meeting.
“They both have a harrowing story to tell of the horrors that occurred at Bergen-Belsen. It will serve as a reminder to everyone of what people went through and help keep the memory alive.”