Holocaust survivor shares her story at Midhurst Rother College


HOLOCAUST survivor Joanna Millan relived her experiences in a concentration camp when she visited Midhurst other College.

She spoke to pupils in Year 9 of the horrific year she spent as a small child at Theresienstadt, 50 miles outside Prague during the second world war.

A spokesman for the college said from her reception and comments and questions they asked it was clear her presentation had made a ‘deep and lasting impression’.

Joanna was born Bela Rosenthal in August 1942 in Berlin. At the end of February 1943, Bela’s father was taken from the streets of Berlin and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau where he was killed.

Later that year Bela and her mother were taken from their home and sent to Theresienstadt, a concentration camp 50 miles outside of Prague.

In 1944, when Bela was two years old, her mother contracted tuberculosis, leaving Bela orphaned and alone.

On 3rd May 1945, the Red Cross took over control of the camp and Bela was liberated by the Russians.

She was flown to England and later adopted by a Jewish couple living in London.

Joanna went on to marry a Jewish man and has 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

She is a magistrate and today speaks regularly about her experiences during the Holocaust.