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Holocaust survivor speaks to Bromley cadets

PUBLISHED: 15:48 23 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:48 23 October 2014

Mala Tribich MBE with Bromley police cadets.

Mala Tribich MBE with Bromley police cadets.

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Police cadets heard a first hand testimony from a holocaust survivor as part of an educational visit from the Holocaust Educational Trust.

60 young members of the Bromley volunteer police cadets heard Mala Tribich MBE’s testimony.

It was followed by a question and answer session that enabled the cadets to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth.

PC Neill Tully said: “It was a privilege for us to welcome Mala and her testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Mala’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”

Bromley borough commander Chris Hafford said: “Mala’s life story is both harrowing and inspiring and left you not knowing whether to cheer, clap or cry. Our cadets were enthralled for over an hour and asked some searching questions around forgiveness, hope and friendships.”

Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor.

“Mala’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing her testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.

“At the Trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”

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