Council Hosts Holocaust Commemoration Event

Wednesday 29th January 2020

Ards and North Down Borough Council remembered the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides by holding a special commemoration event with Holocaust survivor, Eve Kugler, on Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January).

The Mayor with Holocaust survivor Eve Kugler and students from Millisle Primary plus singer Andrew McBride

Kugler travelled to Bangor Castle for the event which was organised by the Council’s Good Relations team and made possible thanks to funding from the Executive Office and the Council.

A packed Council Chamber listened to Eve give her account of what happened during the Holocaust and she was accompanied by children from Millisle Primary School, who gave a rendition of ‘Over the Rainbow’, while the event was closed by local singer, Andrew McBride.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Bill Keery, said:

“This year’s Holocaust commemoration event was particularly significant as it marked the 75th anniversary since the liberation of Auschwitz. We were privileged to have the opportunity to listen to survivor, Eve Kugler, who shared her powerful account of what she and thousands of others had to go through at the hands of the Nazis. Everyone in the room was touched by her story.”

Kugler was born in Germany and was seven years old when her family was torn apart by the Nazis. Her parents survived four concentration camps and her youngest sister was forced into hiding.

Meanwhile, Eve and her other sister were sent to foster homes in America. Miraculously, they were all reunited in New York in 1946.

During her short stay in Bangor, Eve also visited St. Columbanus’ College and Millisle Primary School where she spoke to pupils and visited the primary school’s Holocaust Memorial Garden.

As part of this year’s commemoration event, Bangor Carnegie Library is hosting the ‘Stand Together’ exhibition until 1 February which is open to the public during the library’s standard opening times.