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'Most of my family perished'

Holocaust survivor Janine Webber talks to Today presenter Sarah Montague about her experiences and why she feels it is important to speak to young people about them.

One of the largest ever gatherings of Holocaust survivors in the UK is taking place in London.

Janine Webber is a survivor and talks publically about her experiences in schools, colleges and synagogues.

"Most of my family perished," she told the BBC's Sarah Montague. "My father was shot and my grandmother, who was hiding in the loft, was killed - maybe they threw her down the ladder. My mother died in the ghetto, of typhus."

Ms Webber explained: "My aunt had given me the name of a Polish man who I eventually found. He hid 14 of us in a hole in his stable floor for a year. There was no room to move my legs. When I came out I couldn't walk, but eventually I recovered."

She added: "I think it is very important for me to speak to young people. It is important for people to realise where it can lead when one is intolerant and prejudice against people who are a different religion or skin colour."

  • 05 May
  • From the section UK