Film of Holocaust survivor to be shown at Leeds Town Hall event

A holocaust survivor will be talking and presenting a short film regarding her experiences at Auschwitz as part of an event at Leeds Town Hall this week.

Held on Thursday 10 July in the Albert Room of the town hall from 6-7pm, Iby Knill will present her film ‘An Auschwitz Promise’, which will be followed by a talk and short question and answer session.

Iby, who was part of the resistance in Hungary before being sent to Auschwitz as a political prisoner, is now a member of the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association’s Education Committee and has become a tireless speaker at schools, community groups and organisations. As part of her work in telling her story, Ivy warns of the dangers of discrimination and persecution.

If you would like to reserve a ticket, please call (0113) 3950678.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor David Congreve said:

"We should never forget what happened during the Holocaust, and events such as this one by Iby who survived Auschwitz, offer a poignant reminder of why discrimination and persecution in all its forms must always be tackled and never ignored.

"Included on the night will be a short film ‘An Auschwitz Promise’, and a question and answer session with Iby, who to this day as a member of the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association’s Education Committee, is a tireless visitor to our schools, community groups and organisations."

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An inspirational tale of Holocaust survival, The Woman Without A Number is the story of Iby Knill, who featured recently on the BBC1 television series My Story. An extraordinarily brave and open book, it tells of persecution, resistance and – ultimately – redemption.

In her book, Iby tells of her early childhood in Czechoslovakia and of how her parents – alarmed at the persecution of Jews in Germany – smuggled her over the border to Hungary. The Woman Without A Number also reveals how she was caught by the security police and then imprisoned and tortured, not only as a result of her Jewish connections but for having entered Hungary illegally and for aiding the resistance movement. Eventually, Iby was sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

In June 1944, Iby Knill left Auschwitz-Birkenau by volunteering to travel as a nurse with a slave labour transport of 500 women. Once transported to Lippstadt, she was put in charge of a hospital unit and risked her life protecting the weak and helpless from the gas chambers.

The Woman Without A Number is a truly remarkable tale that has waited sixty years to be told.

Iby had a successful career, first in the education sector and later as a designer. She has a son, a daughter and three grandchildren. She is now a member of the HSFA's Education Committee and is a tireless speaker for schools, community groups and other organisations.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk