A HOLOCAUST survivor has spoken to children about her harrowing experiences at the hands of the Nazis.
Susan Pollock, 82, was at Vyners School in Warren Road, Ickenham on Monday to talk to pupils about her time spent in a concentration camp and working as a slave labourer in an armaments factory.
Her visit was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Mrs Pollock was born Zsuzsanna Blau in September 1930 in Felsögöd, Hungary.
Following the outbreak of the Second World War, anti-Semitism in her home town became more visible, and one day a letter was issued by the council for all Jewish fathers to attend a meeting to discuss the welfare of their families.
Her father was among those men who went.
When they arrived they were herded into lorries and taken to a concentration camp. She never saw her father again.
From April 1944, top Nazi Adolf Eichmann took charge of deportations from Hungary and within six weeks almost all of the Jews had been deported, mostly to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
In late May 1944, Mrs Pollock and her family were sent by cattle truck to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she was separated from her mother, who, she later learned, had been sent directly to the gas chambers.
Mrs Pollock was selected to work and remained at the camp for about 10 weeks before being sent to Gubben in Germany to work as slave labour in an armaments factory.
With the Allies advancing, the prisoners were forced on a death march to Bergen-Belsen where on April 15 1945 she was liberated by the British.
She learned that her brother, Laci, was the only other member of her family to have survived. Mrs Pollock moved to Canada and married a fellow survivor.
She now lives in London, and shares her testimony with school children via the trust.
James Heale, headteacher at Vyners said: “It was a privilege for us to welcome Susan Pollack to our school and her testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced.”