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Holocaust survivor Vera Schaufeld awarded top British honour

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Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) (Flickr photo - Defence Images - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

Vera Schaufeld, a Holocaust survivor, was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) at Buckingham Palace on Thursday for her services to Holocaust education in Britain.

An MBE is awarded to those who make a “positive impact in their line of work.”

Schaufeld was born in Prague in 1930, and fled the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia on the kindertransport in 1939. Her parents couldn’t escape and were murdered at the Treblinka extermination camp.

After World War II, Schaufeld moved to Israel and lived on a kibbutz, where she met her husband, Avram, a fellow Holocaust survivor (he survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald).

They eventually moved back to Britain, where she helped establish The National Holocaust Centre and Museum and worked with the Holocaust Education Trust to help increase awareness of the Holocaust in Britain. Schaufeld, a mother of two and grandmother of four, has been a teacher her entire life.

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