Mindu Hornick has spent the last 20 years sharing her experiences of the atrocity.
A Holocaust survivor awarded an MBE after spending the last two decades educating people about it says she hopes the honour will raise awareness of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
Mindu Hornick, 90, works with the Holocaust Memorial Trust and the Anne Frank Trust. She said educating young people to love each other and ‘appreciate each other’s faiths and beliefs’ is important in light of the ‘terrible rise of all kinds of atrocities’ around the world today.
The award, for Holocaust education and commemoration in the West Midlands, ‘was a bit out of the blue’, but Ms Hornick said she feels ‘honoured’ her work is being recognised. She added: ‘I’m 90 now and it is always an effort to do (Holocaust Memorial Days) but with everything that is going on in the world today , with Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and other unacceptable things that are happening, I think it is important to educate young people. ‘So education is the most important thing to me.
‘I definitely hope the honour will increase awareness of what we are trying to do.’ Mindu Hornick (front left) at a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony held in Westminster, London, Ms Hornick was born in Czechoslovakia and now lives in Birmingham.
She went on: ‘In my opinion, it is very important that we don’t just mourn our losses and our tragic events, but we should also mourn others going on now in the 21st century. ‘There has been a terrible rise of all kinds of atrocities – it is very important to educate young people to love each other and to appreciate each other’s faith and beliefs.’ The nonagenarian was one of a number of people honoured for their work in Holocaust education.