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‘Democracy is a delicate thing’ Holocaust survivors say new Imperial War Museum galleries open

A. A woman who survived the Holocaust that killed 15 members of her family, including her father, has welcomed a “very impressive” and “dynamic” new permanent gallery at the Imperial War Museum.

Eva Clark, 76, was born on April 29, 1945, in the Austrian concentration camp – a week before her release. His mother weighed only five stones at the time.

His birth certificate is shown for the first time in one of two new galleries dedicated to World War II and the Holocaust, which opens this month at the Imperial War Museum.

The World War II gallery at the Imperial War Museum will open on October 20.

(Imperial War Museum – Holocaust Galleries / World War II Gallery)

7. 30.7 million project in which both exhibitions cover two floors and features more than 3500 items and personal stories from more than 80 countries, including Ms. Clark’s.

“I felt really emotional,” she told the museum. “I brought my mother to the last Holocaust exhibition and she was very impressed, but she will be happy to know that her story is new.” It is being described in the exhibition. “

Eva Clark’s birth certificate for display at the Imperial War Museum.

(Farwa Shah / Independent)

As the only survivor of her family, Ms. Clark and her mother, Inca Cadrov, emigrated from Prague to Cardiff in 1948 after the Holocaust and the end of World War II. Ms. Clark married in 1968, had two sons and now lives in Cambridge with her husband, a retired Cambridge University lecturer.

Eva Clark, a Holocaust survivor, and her mother, Inka Kadrov.

(Eva Clark)

Ms. Clark has been dedicated to Holocaust education for the past 20 years, emphasizing the importance of exhibitions.

“They are very important to tell people what has happened in the past, what we need to avoid in the future and try to revive history because so many people have died, suffered, fought, survived. And it’s important to see what happens when the rule of law is broken.

He added: “I always tell students – democracy is a very delicate thing. It can disappear before you know it.”

Talking about the lessons of the Holocaust, he said, “What would happen if dictatorships took power, what would happen if a section of society became dispossessed, evil and inhumane – then the end result. Genocide is a terrible but logical consequence of racism and bigotry.

“The reason I speak is to combat racism and prejudice – any form of it,” he said. “Because it exists, it always exists but we always have to fight against it.

“My mother, she had a good sense of humor and sometimes, when she heard depressing things on the news, she would say to me, ‘Do you think there is any point in talking in schools?’ And ‘Does it have any effect on you?’ And I would say ‘I don’t know’, but I told him, there’s no reason not to try and we all have a responsibility.

The Holocaust Gallery at the Imperial War Museum will open on October 20.

(Imperial War Museum)

The museum’s director general, Diane Lees, said in a statement: “World War II and the Holocaust will soon be out of memory, leaving us without the first testimony of veterans, eyewitnesses and survivors. WM’s new galleries, which have been in existence for almost six years, will preserve their stories and ensure that the world will never forget their experiences.

Both in-depth exhibitions tell their respective stories historically, exploring their global scale and impact. They include interactive elements, complex artifacts and hundreds of photographs and writings of people from both the Holocaust and World War II, to enhance the voices and perspectives of the victims.

The Holocaust Gallery at the Imperial War Museum will open on October 20.

(Imperial War Museum)

James Bulgin, head of Holocaust Gallery materials, said: “We wanted to try to relay the celebrations, not just from the point of view of the person who appears at the end of someone’s garden, but also from the point of view of the person who owns it. Looking out of the kitchen window, someone near his house, we are constantly looking at different ways to encourage people to think about what was experimented with instead of what was done with people.

He added: “There has been a tendency throughout history to use the Holocaust as a warning that we need to keep these events in mind because it is something that can be done with you, your family or those. But, we want to engage with everyone. The fact is that there are people like us who have done this and have the ability to see themselves and always keep that in mind. I know who we are and how we have proved ourselves.

“The most dangerous thing is to think that different people did it at different times and places. They were, in many ways, similar to most of us, and that’s a really disturbing fact that I wanted to. Let people engage with it.

The Holocaust and World War II galleries will open to the public on October 20 and will be a permanent fixture at the Imperial War Museum.

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