Last week we heard the devastating news that Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel MBE has passed away. Gena was a dear friend of the Trust - one of the first to go into schools to deliver her unforgettable testimony. She will be deeply missed by all of us. Gena's passing has spurred us on to continue to work tirelessly to share her story, ensure her legacy lives on and continue to educate the next generation about the Holocaust.


Gena Turgel MBE 1923-2018

Known as the 'Bride of Belsen', Gena survived the Krakow ghetto, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen, and went on to marry her British liberator Norman Turgel.

Gena's strength, determination and resilience were unwavering as she dedicated her life to sharing her testimony with hundreds of thousands of students in schools across the country over many years. We will continue to educate future generations in her name, ensuring her story and those of millions of others is never forgotten.

The sad news of Gena's passing was reported nationallyglobally and tributes were made from the great and the good to the woman we knew simply as Gena: Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Rabbi Lord Sacks and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

Read more about Gena's extraordinary life and the response from our Chief Executive, Karen Pollock MBE to the sad news, here.
"A shining light has gone out today and will never be replaced."


Stories from Willesden Lane

As part of a three-month long project, over 8,500 students from across London and surrounding areas took part in our Stories from Willesden Lane project, a programme teaching students about the Kindertransport through the story of one young Jewish refugee, Lisa Jura.

Thousands of students read the book, took part in lessons and heard the live testimony of Kindertransport refugee, Harry Bibring BEM (read more here), and then came to see the extraordinarily talented Mona Golabek perform the story of her mother, Lisa. 

We were also delighted to hold a special gala performance at Wigmore Hall, where Mona retraced her mother's footsteps. An incredible performance of a daughter retelling her mother's story through music. 


Sir Ben Helfgott knighted in Queen's Birthday Honours

We are thrilled and delighted that our dear friend, Sir Ben Helfgott, has been honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2018.

Sir Ben helped shape Holocaust education in the UK and has been a true champion of Holocaust education and remembrance for many years, and until recently served on HET's Board of Trustees as one of its founding members.

His forthright approach to never forgetting the Holocaust has gained him admiration from Prime Ministers, Royalty and even the England Football Squad.

Read more about Sir Ben's achievements and read our Chief Executive Karen Pollock's comments on this here.

You can also read the new biography of Sir Ben, written by Michael Freedland, and as a Trust supporter you can buy it at a discounted price here. Enter the discount code MF18 before 31st July 2018.


150 Fans, Staff and Stewards from Chelsea Football Club visited Auschwitz-Birkenau

As part of Chelsea's Say No to Antisemitism campaign, we organised a visit to the former Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau for 150 supporters, stewards and fans from the club, allowing them to see first-hand the site where men, women and children were murdered, simply for being Jewish.

We are delighted to be working with Chelsea FC as they raise awareness of antisemitism and its impact on society.

You can read more about the Say No to Antisemitism campaign here.

Read more about Chelsea's experience of taking part in the visit here and watch Harry Spiro deliver his testimony to the team here


AmCon 2018

The woman who fought a Holocaust denier David Irving and won, Dr Deborah Lipstadt will be our key note speaker at this year's Ambassador Conference. Author of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and The Tiger who Came to Tea, who came to the UK as a Jewish refugee, Judith Kerr will also be joining us at our fifth Ambassador Conference on 2nd July. Ambassadors - get your tickets here



Antisemitism Survey

There is a survey by a postgraduate student at UCL's Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science on why most antisemitic behaviour is not reported by victims or witnesses to the police. You can take part here.