Highland church to host Holocaust survivor talk

A Highland church will host a talk from a woman who was born in a WWII concentration camp and survived to tell her story.

Eva Clarke holding a yellow star of David
Eva Clarke will speak at Logie Easter Church of Scotland, Kildary in Easter Ross this Saturday

Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke, who was born in 1945 in Mauthausen Concentration camp, will speak about her experiences on Saturday 4 November at Logie Easter Church of Scotland, Kildary in Easter Ross.

Mrs Clarke's parents met and married in the Czech Republic after her father left Germany in 1933 following the rise of Adolf Hitler.

The couple were interned in Terezin concentration camp in 1941, a year after their marriage. Mrs Clarke's mother was eventually sent to Mauthausen concentration camp near the end of the war, where she gave birth.

Fifteen of Mrs Clarke's close relatives perished in the Holocaust, including her father, three grandparents, uncles, aunts and her 8 year old cousin.

After the war she emigrated to the UK with her mother and stepfather, and settled in Cardiff.

Since 1999 she has been a survivor speaker for the Holocaust Education Trust and regularly gives talks in prisons and schools on behalf of the Anne Frank Trust UK.

Judith Ross, who has arranged the talk at the church said:

"We are delighted and honoured to welcome Eva to our church on Saturday and very much look forward to hearing her story which we feel is as relevant now as at any other time."

The talk is at 7.30 pm on Saturday 4 November at Logie Easter Church and is free with donations going to the Anne Frank Trust UK. Suitable for ages 13+.

The Moderator of the General Assembly, Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, visited Sachsenhausen Concentration camp in Germany this week. You can read his reflections on the visit on the Moderator's Facebook page.