Holocaust survivor tells Labour leadership: ‘Watch your words’

Holocaust survivor tells Labour leadership: ‘Watch your words’

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Holocaust survivor Susan Pollack has said that the Labour Party leadership need to “watch their words” and instead encouraged them to work towards “peace”.

Ms Pollack, who endured Auschwitz-Birkenau, told talkRADIO’s Political Editor Ross Kempsell: “If they want to be remembered in the future, they should be remembered for peace-making and understanding.

“Little comments make opinions. Watch your words and be careful.

“There are so many other issues that need to be addressed and that should be the focus.”


‘Get factual information’

Ms Pollack, who is addressing at a fringe event at the Labour Party Conference on Tuesday, said if Labour wanted to work towards peace they would “include both parties”.

Speaking before the Holocaust Educational Trust event, she said: “If you have any doubts about what is going on elsewhere, like in Israel, get factual information.

“Do not use words lightly because words are very powerful and if you genuinely work towards peace then involve both parties.

“Go out and see for yourself. Talk about real things, factual, not just imaginary.”

This comes after the Labour Party came under scrutiny earlier this month over unwillingness to adopt the full definition of antisemitism drawn up by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

The party decided on September 6 to incorporate all 11 examples from the IHRA definition into its code of conduct after initially not including them all back in July.