Bradford University student could join PM’s Holocaust Commission

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Orianne Brown and Natasha Kaplinsky  listening to Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel telling her story Orianne Brown and Natasha Kaplinsky listening to Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel telling her story

A Bradford University student has been offered the chance to bid for a place on the Prime Minister’s newly-established Holocaust Commission.

Orianne Brown, 18, who is studying pharmacy at the university, is already Yorkshire’s regional ambassador for the Holocaust Education Trust, one of 20 such roles across the UK.

She travelled to London yesterday to hear broadcaster and Holocaust Commission member Natasha Kaplinsky announce a competition to find a youth advisor for the advisory group, which is striving to ensure Britain has a permanent and fitting memorial to the tragedy.

Miss Brown, originally from Derbyshire, has been a regional ambassador since taking part in the Lessons from Auschwitz project in 2012.

She said: “My sister gave me a book written by an Auschwitz survivor and, though it was so traumatic, I found it really interesting. I couldn’t believe humans could do that to one another and to this day can’t fully appreciate the horrific nature of what went on.

“Getting the chance to visit was something that really stuck with me and touched me, and the Holocaust is definitely something that needs to be remembered by everyone.”

Miss Brown, who has also visited the world’s largest Holocaust museum at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, as part of her ambassadorial role, has arranged for Mala Tribich, a Holocaust survivor, to visit the university on Monday, March 24, to give a talk to the student’s union about her experiences, and is keen to continue developing educational links with the wider Bradford community.

“Being involved with the education trust is really exciting, working to reduce discrimination in today’s society,” she said.

“We want to ensure that the Holocaust becomes part of the nation’s collective memory. Those that forget history are condemned to repeat it.”

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