A HOLOCAUST survivor spoke about her own experience during a service to mark Anne Frank Day in Hereford.

Eva Mendelsson grew up in Germany and many members of her family were exterminated by the Nazis before she was herself transported to camps in France.

She later escaped to Switzerland and Italy before eventually arriving safely in England.

Members of Herefordshire Jewish Community who attended the service led by Rabbi Anna Gerrard – and attended by the Mayor of Hereford Sharon Michael – heard that Eva frequently returns to Germany to talk about her experiences to young people there.

Anne Frank Day is celebrated on or around June 12 each year – the date of her birthday.

The inter faith element was enhanced by the presence of Canon Anna Nugent from Hereford Cathedral and the Venerable Sister (Ani) Choesang, representing the Buddhist faith.

After the service, the community gathered around the Ann Frank tree, planted three years ago by the Saxon Hall committee, to hear readings from Ann Frank’s diary and to offer prayers for all victims of genocide