We are thrilled to announce that Holocaust survivor Simon Winston BEM will be at the Centre on Sunday 26th June to share his testimony.

Simon was born in Radzivilov, Poland in 1938.  In 1941 the German army entered Radzivilov and set out to brutalise the 7000 Jews living there. In 1942 the Germans created two ghettos for the Jews. About 1000 young and healthy Jews were sent to Ghetto 1, including his parents, from where they were sent out to work as slave labourers. About 5000 old and sick Jews, and orphaned children, were sent to Ghetto 2, where they were starved to death; the last 2000 were taken to a nearby forest and shot dead. Simon's grandparents were thus murdered in the forest.

Simon's Family managed to escape from their ghetto. They would spend two years hiding on three different farms, being looked after by Polish farmers.

In 1947 Simon and his family entered Britain on Displaced Person's Passports. They had lost their home, their possessions, their friends and many of their extended family.

In 2020 Simon was awarded the BEM for his services to Holocaust Education and Awareness. Because of the pandemic, eventually he was able to receive his medal late, in a ceremony held at the Holocaust Centre in May 2021.  It was a moment we were all so proud to witness. Simon has supported us always, including during our periods of closure and has spoken to hundreds of schoolchildren online. It's a pleasure to have him talk in person again.

We’re open from 10am to 4:30pm to allow visitors time to view both of our museum exhibitions and memorial gardens.

Event time: 1pm – 2:30pm

Simon will talk for an hour and will then answer audience questions.

Book your tickets below.

This is a ticketed event – please book in advance to ensure your place on the day. 

You can also order a copy of our book 'Survival' which includes Simon Winston’s testimony alongside 45 others. The book will be ready for you to collect on the day.

If you have visited us within the last year and would like to book a space using your free return tickets please call us on 01623 836627

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