Bronia Snow and Martin Bennett

Bronia Snow and Martin Bennett

Following Surrey Heritage’s work for Holocaust Memorial Day, we have been liaising with Kingston Liberal Synagogue in a number of ways to both establish a presence in the archives and show partnership working. The Synagogue published an article based on the text of our display ‘Surrey as a Place of Refuge’ in their monthly magazine, for March. The article was written by Jill Hyams, archivist and Jewish history expert.

We were then privileged to receive a visit from members of Kingston Liberal Synagogue and Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue on 4 April 2014. Auschwitz survivor, Martin Bennett, and Kindertransportee, Bronia Snow, very kindly donated DVDs of talks they gave as part of a Holocaust Memorial Day workshop, organised by the Kingston Synagogues. These films are available for consultation in Surrey History Centre’s public searchroom.

L-R: Di Stiff (Surrey Heritage), Bronia Snow (Kingston Liberal Synagogue), Fleur Standring (Kingston Liberal Synagogue), Martin and Priscilla Bennett (Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue), Jill Hyams (Surrey Heritage).

L-R: Di Stiff (Surrey Heritage), Bronia Snow (Kingston Liberal Synagogue), Fleur Standring (Kingston Liberal Synagogue), Martin and Priscilla Bennett (Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue), Jill Hyams (Surrey Heritage).

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

We are very sad to hear that Martin Bennett passed away on 21 January 2016 at the age of 90.

An obituary for Martin appeared in the Surrey Comet, 27 January edition.

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in 2015, Surrey History Centre featured the moving story of Bronia Snow, a member of Kingston Liberal Synagogue (see the report of Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 above). The display was created from Bronia’s personal photographs and recollections, as told to local school students at a workshop in 2009. Born Bronislava Ringlerova, Bronia grew up in Prague with her younger brother where her parents ran a small film distribution business. In 1939, Bronia was sent on a Kindertransport to England, organised by Nicholas Winton, to live with relatives of her mother in London. She later learned that her parents and younger brother had been killed on their arrival at Auschwitz.

2015 Holocaust Memorial Day display in the Surrey History Centre foyer

2015 Holocaust Memorial Day display
in the Surrey History Centre foyer

A CD of digital images from the exhibition is held at Surrey History Centre (SHC ref. 9317/3/6).

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