Johnathan Andrews Speech in Budapest, Hungary

Johnathan Andrews – Speech in Budapest, Hungary on 28 January 2020

Johnathan Andrews Introduction Speech in Budapest, Hungary

Johnathan Andrews delivers a short speech introducing his film "The Secret Survivor" to an audience of diplomats and other high profile guests in Budapest, Hungary at the Urania National Film Theatre - Uránia Nemzeti Filmszínház.

The film screening was held in collaboration with The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Budapest on the occasion of the 75th International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Budapest. The first screening was to guests of The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Budapest, The Embassy of the State of Israel in Budapest, and The Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (Mazsihisz).

The documentary film by Johnathan Andrews features Veronica Phillips giving her testimony of surviving the Holocaust, with historians and experts providing insights into aspects related to the time when the story took place – providing important historical context. Veronica Phillips (93 year old living in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a Hungarian Jew who was arrested by the Arrow Cross in Budapest and deported on 1 December 1944 from Budapest to Ravensbrück - a Nazi concentration camp for women - where she could have ended up in the gas chambers. While in Ravensbrück, Veronica was "by luck" selected as labourer and taken to work in Penig (a sub-camp of Buchenwald concentration camp) where she suffered inhumane conditions. After surviving a period in Penig, she was part of a group taken on a death march by the Nazis. At Johanngeorgenstadt, the group was liberated by allied forces – only after many were killed by either the Nazis, or died from starvation and fatigue. She started an incredible journey, in an emaciated physical condition, back to Budapest to find her mother and brother. After WWII ended, Veronica became a Microbiologist and Geneticist at Brunel University and eventually moved to South Africa where she was a Microbiology lecturer at WITS (University of the Witwatersrand) for 20 years.

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