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Remembering the Holocaust | Kitia Altman

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25 Jan 2017

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The Shadows of Shoah Exhibition was launched in 2013 by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Since then it has toured museums, galleries and public spaces the length of New Zealand.

27 January is United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Over this week Shalom.Kiwi will post a survivor story each day to raise awareness of this important event – an event that becomes increasingly important as survivors pass and as anti-Semitism re-emerges. We invite readers to share these stories with their networks via social media.

Today is the sixth in our series and the story is that of Kitia Altman.

Kitia Altman grew up in Bedzin, Poland, surrounded by her extended family. Until 1944 she worked in a ‘shop’ manufacturing uniforms for the Wehrmacht. She survived the dehumanising experience of Auschwitz. In the early 1990s, Kitia famously debated Holocaust denier David Irving during a live televised interview on ‘A Current Affair’. Over 20 years later this was referenced in the feature film ‘Denial’.