In the second of our blogs to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Regional Ambassador Sophie Shrubsole reflects on the impact that hearing survivor testimony has had on her.

As a Regional Ambassador, I am incredibly fortunate that I have had the opportunity to meet many Holocaust survivors.  Whether it's from attending AmCon, taking part in Ambassador Study Visits to Yad Vashem or the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum, or arranging for Holocaust survivors to speak in my local community, I feel privileged to have heard the first-hand testimony of so many individuals. They are quite frankly the most remarkable people I have ever met.  Despite their harrowing stories, they remain strong and determined figures. They are fascinated by life, enthusiastic towards all young people they meet and they are passionate about telling their history. Each Regional Ambassador has promised survivors face to face, that they will never forget their story or its lessons.  They trust us to keep the memory alive and we won't let them down.

As one of the older Regional Ambassadors, I use my connections in the world of business to ensure that survivor stories reach new audiences.  I passionately believe that it's important that older people hear survivor stories so that when they go back to their offices or get home, they tell their family, friends and colleagues what they have heard.  This ripple effect of sharing survivor stories is what all Regional Ambassadors aspire to achieve.

If you’re a Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassador, reach out to your Regional Ambassador and learn how you can get involved with preserving history.