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Auschwitz survivor tells horrific story to Coventry students

Coventry Editorial 4th Feb, 2024 Updated: 4th Feb, 2024   0

A HOLOCAUST survivor told her traumatic story to over 300 Coventrians in a bid to highlight the importance of the lessons learned from one of the darkest chapters in history.

The University of Warwick’s guest on Wednesday, Mindu Hornick, was born in Czechoslovakia, which ceased to be a state in 1992.

The 93-year-old explained how she was torn from her family home in 1941 and was eventually sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

She was told to lie about her age on arrival to make herself seem older.

In 1945, she was forcibly marched West, enduring bombing and forced labour.

But after spending eight gruelling months in Auschwitz, she was eventually liberated before the end of the Second World War.

The visit was organised by the University of Warwick’s Jewish Society.

It aimed to help inform and educate staff and students about the horrors of the Holocaust and the danger of antisemitism.

Mrs Hornick said: “I’m committed to doing everything I can to encourage the spread of tolerance, understanding and compassion to those people who are discriminated against.

“The testimony of survivors can strengthen our resolve to ensure that the stability and security of human life becomes a main priority for today, and in the future”.

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