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“We have a responsibility to be careful what we say and do, because we all represent all Jews. I have always tried to work for reconciliation. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 45 Aid Society – many survivors speak about Polish people differently today because of my influence.”
Ben Helfgott is chair of the British Holocaust survivors’ group, the 45 Aid society. He survived three concentration camps but, remarkably, went on to take part in the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. He has been awarded an MBE for his work in reconciliation between Poles and Jews.