Who is on the team?
The Holocaust Educational Trust's mission is to raise awareness of the Holocaust and its relevance today.
Currently, the volunteer team comprises 73 speakers, born between 1921 and 1945, who come from across Europe. Many were the sole survivors of their families. The oldest volunteer is Freddie Knoller BEM, who is an incredible 99 years old.
What do they do?
The Holocaust Education Trust wants the world to remember those who were murdered, honour those who survived the ghettos, camps, and being hidden as children, and learn from the past. By sharing their real stories and their incredible journey of survival, the volunteers connect the audience to the past.
The volunteers are passionate about speaking to young people, spreading the importance of kindness, no matter of race, religion, or beliefs. These powerful and positive messages inspire young people to speak out against hatred and shape a more positive future.
Sadly the survivor volunteers are getting fewer and frailer: this year, 75 years since the end of the Second World War, is likely to be the last significant anniversary where survivors can share their stories first-hand.
What have they achieved?
Since 1999, Holocaust survivors have volunteered their time to share their personal stories. In the past year alone, over 79,000 people in schools and other institutions across the country have heard directly from a Holocaust survivor, and a further?20,000 tuned in to listen to Susan Pollack MBE's testimony through a live webcast on Holocaust Memorial Day.
Last year, volunteers spoke in 542 schools across the country, ranging from individual groups to whole school assemblies.
What did the judges say?
“At a time when there is a deep polarisation of views threatening global solidarity, this is an amazing initiative with an impressive reach.”
The Brain Tumour Charity
Refugee and Migrant Centre Black Country and Birmingham
Jewish Women's Aid