Jewish survivor of Nazi genocide commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thursday is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The country and the world is remembering the six million Jews and many others who were killed in the Second World War.

This year is also the 75 anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and a commemoration was held at The Westpark Cemetery, Johannesburg.

Jewish people in Warsaw had been placed in the ghetto after Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939.

Despite resistance to the German Nazis, it was a time of hardship and a time of death.

Speaking to Ray White, on The Midday Report, Irene Claas who was a young girl in Poland when the Germans invaded, said from the day the war started, her education was over and the hardship started.

We didn't know how bad it would be, it was indeed very, very bad.

Irene Claas

She said all the Jews left in Poland were forced to live in the Warsaw Ghetto, where she lived in one small room with her family.

Listen further to her Irene Class discribe her Warsaw Ghetto expirience:


This article first appeared on 702 : Jewish survivor of Nazi genocide commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day


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