A A woman who survived the massacre, in which 15 family members were killed, including her father, has welcomed a new permanent gallery of the “most impressive” and “moving” at the Imperial War Museum.
Eva Clark, 76, was born on 29 April 1945 in the Mouthausen concentration camp in Austria – less than a week before its liberation. Her mother weighed only five stones at that time.
Her birth certificate was first displayed in two galleries dedicated to World War II and the Holocaust, which opened this month at the Imperial War Museum.
.7 30.7 million project has two exhibitions and more than 3,500 objects and personal stories from over 3,500 countries.
“I was actually very emotional – seeing it displayed in an official location,” he said at the museum. “I brought my mother to a former Holocaust show and she was very impressed, but she was very happy to know that her story was told in this new show.”
The only survivors of her family, Mrs. Clark and her mother, Anka Koudrow, emigrated from Prague to Cardiff in 1948 after the Holocaust and the end of World War II. Mrs. Clark married in 1968, had two sons and now lives in Cambridge with her husband, a retired Cambridge University lecturer.
Ms. Clark has been dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust for the past 20 years and addresses the importance of these types of demonstrations.
“It’s important to tell people what happened in the past, what we should try to avoid in the future, and keep history alive, because so many people are dead, suffered, fought, survived and it’s important to see what happens when the rule of law breaks
He said: “I always tell the students – democracy is a very weak thing. It can disappear before you know it. It is important that dictatorships don’t take over us, and I’m worried about what’s going on in the world at this time.
Speaking about the lessons of the Holocaust, he said, “What can happen if dictatorships take over, if a group of society is ostracized, demonized and inhuman – then the end result is genocide. This is a terrible but logical conclusion to racism and prejudice.
“The reason I negotiate is to deal with racism and prejudice – whatever its form,” he said. “Because it exists, it always exists but we always have to fight it.
“My mother, she has a good sense of humor and sometimes, when asked about the depressing stuff in the news, she says to me, ‘Do you think it means anything to you in school?’ And ‘Do you have any influence?’ And I say ‘I don’t know’, but I told her, it’s not a reason not to try and we all have a responsibility. “
Diane Lees, the museum’s general director, said: “The Second World War and the Holocaust will soon be out of living memory, giving us no first-hand testimony of veterans, eyewitnesses and survivors.
Both immersive performances tell their stories chronologically, exploring their global scale and impact. They have interactive elements, intricate artwork and hundreds of photos and writings of people from both the Holocaust and World War in a way that amplifies the voices and perspectives of the victims.
James Bulgin, head of the Holocaust Gallery, said: “We wanted to try and relay events, not just from the perspective of a person who turned up at the edge of a garden, but also from someone looking out of their kitchen window.
He said: “There is a tendency to use the Holocaust as a history warning. We have to be aware of these events because this is work that you, your family or the people you care about. The reality is that we want everyone involved. Always be cautious and prove that we are capable.
“It is very dangerous to think that this is a job done by different people at a different time and place. They are, in many respects, very similar to most of us and I really want people to get involved.
The Holocaust and World War II galleries will open to the public on October 20 and remain permanent residences at the Imperial War Museum.