Holocaust survivors lead commemoration
Published 31/01/2011 | 05:00
FOUR survivors of the Holocaust now living in Ireland last night led a moving commemoration service for the six million Jews who perished under the Nazis .
The four Irish residents told their stories during a solemn ceremony at Dublin's Mansion House.
Father-of-three Zoltan Zinn-Collis was only four or five years old when he was found in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp -- no one knows his exact date of birth.
Mr Zinn-Collis, from Athy, Co Kildare, was later brought to this country with his sister, Edit.
"There were five of us children bought to Ireland by an Irish paediatrician, Dr Bob Collis," he said.
"We were the five they couldn't find any elders for. Bob Collis brought me back to Ireland where he reared me as part of his own family."
Mr Zinn-Collis's lifelong friend and fellow Holocaust survivor Suzi Diamond told how she, along with her mother and brother, was bound for Auschwitz when the train was diverted to Bergen-Belsen.
"There are only four of us Holocaust survivors living in Ireland, which makes us realise just how important it is that we pass our story down to our children and their children."
The names of 157 victims, whose descendants came to live here, were read from the Holocaust Scroll of Names last night.
The survivors were joined by Attorney General Paul Gallagher and junior minister Conor Lenihan for the ninth annual National Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration, which was attended by 600 people.