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Holocaust terror 'should never be forgotten'

Sunday 27 January is Holocaust Day.

Prisoner Number A26188, a BBC One documentary being shown on Sunday, tells the story of a young Polish girl, Henia.

Born into a middle class Jewish family, she lost her father, brother and sister during the German occupation, survived four concentration camps and the Death March and went on to bear witness to the creation of Israel in 1948.

Speaking to the Today's programme's John Humphrys, Henia Bryer described how she has lived with the memory of such horrors and how important is it to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.

"You can't live with hatred and with hate and with grief because... you can't live with it and you cant cope with it," she explained, saying that many victims of the Holocaust went on to commit suicide.

"You can't forget things like that, flashes come back of the past. A tragedy of this enormity must never be forgotten... this is not comparable to anything in the world," she said.

This item, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 25 January 2013, is a longer version of the broadcast interview. You can see the documentary, "Prisoner Number A26188: Henia Bryer", on Sunday 27 January on BBC1 at 10.25pm.

  • 25 Jan 2013
  • From the section Europe