Holocaust survivor gives talk to college students
25 November 2011
HOLOCAUST survivor Joanna Millan has been telling her story to students at Neath Port Talbot College.
Joanna, born Bela Rosenthal in Berlin in 1942, told students how her father was sent to Auschwitz, where he died in February 1943, and how her mother died in the Theresienstadt concentration camp near Prague, where they had been sent by the Nazis, in 1944, leaving her orphaned.
The camp was liberated by the Red Army in 1945. After the war, she was flown to London, where a Jewish couple adopted her. She later married, had three children and now works as a magistrate.
Of the Jews who were taken to Theresienstadt, 97,297 died, among whom were 15,000 children. Only 132 children are known to have survived – and Joanna Millan was one of them.
The talk feeds into the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration held in January each year at the college.
College diversity officer Lesley Blower said: “The stories of the Holocaust are very relevant today because they raise awareness of issues including discrimination and exclusion, citizenship and ethical decision-making.”