Holocaust remembered by the people of Coventry

By Steve Carpenter Tuesday 29 January 2013 Updated: 30/01 10:26

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Buy photos » Arts Service Brass Quintet and the Belles of Three Spires Choir provided the music on what was an emotional afternoon last Friday. (s)

THE TRAGIC events of the Holocaust have been remembered by one survivor.

Mindu Hornick, who survived Auschwitz, the ghetto and slave labour camps along with her sister Eva, spoke in Coventry on Friday which was Holocaust Memorial Day.

She gave an emotional speech in Lower Precinct at what was as one of a series of talks and performances in the city's 12th annual tribute to the millions who died at the hands of the Nazis during the 1930s and 1940s.

"You thought you had entered Hell," Mindu told her audience.

"We didn’t know where we were, we had no idea. If one survived it was a miracle, you had to be lucky, you couldn’t plan an escape or anything.

"Once you were out of the camps and you were doing useful work you had a chance of survival."

The event also featured talks by Grapevine, an organisation which helps people with learning disabilities, and Marta Kochanek, an artist and photographer whose work has featured at major galleries and highlights issues such as prejudice against gay people.

There was also music from the performing Arts Service Brass Quintet and the Belles of Three Spires Choir.

Council chief executive Martin Reeves described it as a "significant" day in the city's calendar.

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