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Ernest Simon alongside USAF personnel Ernest Simon alongside USAF personnel at RAF Mildenhall in front of a US Air Force RC-135 Rivet Joint (Photo by US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

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Holocaust Survivor Speaks at RAF Mildenhall
Ernest Simon discussed his childhood experience of escaping Nazi Germany

Published on May 2, 2019

Ernest Simon shakes hands with USAF Lt Col Matthew Cottrill Ernest Simon shakes hands with USAF Lt Col Matthew Cottrill, 95th Reconnaissance Squadron commander (Photo by US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

This week, the United States is joining with Israel to mark Holocaust Remembrance Week. Last week, the White House issued a proclamation from President Trump stating that "On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and during this week of solemn remembrance, we honor the six million Jewish men, women, and children who were brutally murdered by the Nazi regime".

As part of this week of remembrance, Holocaust survivor Ernest Simon visited RAF Mildenhall on April 30 to speak to US Air Force personnel at the base about his experiences. Mr Simon was born in Austria in 1930, escaping Nazi Germany in 1939 and settling in England.

As well as discussing his childhood experiences, Mr Simon was shown around RAF Mildenhall by some of the base's Airmen.

Yom HaShoah, which marks Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, is observed in 2019 during May 1st and May 2nd.

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