We were very priviledged today to have Joanna Millan visit us.
Joanna was deported age 10 months from Berlin with her mother and sent to a camp in Terezín (Theresienstadt) Ghetto north of Prague, her father was taken from the streets of Berlin and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau where he was murdered on arrival in 1943. In 1944, when Joanna was 18 months old, her mother contracted tuberculosis due to the conditions in the camp, leaving her orphaned and alone in the camp.
On 3rd May 1945, the Red Cross took over control of the camp and Joanna was liberated by the Soviets six days later.
On 15th August along with 299 other surviving orphans, Joanna was flown to England and made her home there.
You can read more of her story here.
We want to thank Joanna for being here today, especially in the snowy conditions, and for the way in which she presented her story.
We all have learned so much from this experience and it will remain with us.