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Blanche Benedick

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Holocaust Survivor, Blanche Benedick. Blanche was a regular speaker at the Centre, she hoped that by sharing her story others could learn from her experiences.

Blanche was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 20th September 1933. Blanche and her family escaped Nazi persecution with the help of her best friend’s parents who bravely hid them in October 1943. They then helped Blanche & her family to arrange their escape to Sweden via fishermen’s boats. After the war, they returned to Copenhagen where Blanche trained to be a fashion designer.

In 1952 Blanche moved to England, married and raised a family.

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The National Holocaust Centre promotes an understanding of the roots of discrimination and prejudice, and the development of ethical values, leading to a greater understanding within society. The Centre uses the history of genocide as a model of how society can break down, and emphasises how current and future generations must carefully examine and learn from these tragedies. The Centre promotes respect for human rights, equal opportunities and good citizenship, which has greater resonance than ever in our culturally diverse society.
The National Holocaust Centre provides a range of facilities for people of all backgrounds to explore the history and implications of the Holocaust. These include the Holocaust exhibition, The Journey, memorial gardens, bookshop and coffeeshop. There are also seminar and research facilities for students, teachers, scholars, professionals and many others.

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