Holocaust Memorial Day

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:39 pm on 26th January 2023.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 1:39 pm, 26th January 2023

I would like to speak about one ordinary person—my great-grandfather David, who was in Lviv, Ukraine during the war. To survive, he needed a job, and to get a job, he needed a life number. He worked in a hairdresser’s, but he had to bribe the hairdresser and he did not have enough money to bribe them. His valuable belongings were hidden in a safe house and the person who owned the safe house would not give them up, so he could not afford the bribes. He lost his job, he lost his life number, and he was sent to Belzec extermination camp and killed. He was an ordinary person doing ordinary things, but betrayed by ordinary people.