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Emotional journey

02 February 2018


A Holocaust survivor, Simon Gronowski, is surrounded by the cast of PUSH, a Holocaust opera based on his own story, which was staged at Chichester Cathedral on Holocaust Memorial Day, last Saturday. Mr Gronowski was 11 years old when his mother pushed him off a train bound for the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, while their train was briefly attacked by Belgian Resistance fighters, in April 1943. Both his mother and sister, who was also on the train, died in the gas chambers. Many years later, one of the Nazi guards from that day, on his death bed, asked Mr Gronowski for forgiveness for his actions. Mr Gronowski, who travels the world talking about his experiences, is now friends with the brother of that guard, who also attended Saturday’s performance

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