Singer Katherine Jenkins performs at fundraiser for Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon

Katherine Jenkins with member of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors Centre, Freddie Knoller.

Katherine Jenkins with member of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors Centre, Freddie Knoller.

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Just days after collecting her OBE from the Prince of Wales, Katherine Jenkins delighted supporters and members of Hendon’s Holocaust Survivors Centre with a “stunning” performance.

The singer told a crowd of more than 300 people that it was “a pleasure and honour” to sing at the event which raised in excess of £140,000 for the centre in Parson Street.

Another star of the evening was 92-year-old Holocaust survivor and member of the centre, Freddie Knoller, who shared his story with the audience.

He said: “For 35 years, I never spoke a word about what had happened to me in the Holocaust. My children asked what they were supposed to say to their children. 

“My two girls wanted to know what happened to me so I began to tell them. After beginning to speak about my memories, I wanted to be with other survivors and the only place where I felt completely safe was the HSC. That was 16 years ago and it changed my life.”

President of Jewish Care, Lord Levy and chairman Steven Lewis also paid tribute to Stephen Spitz, who has stepped down from his role as chairman of the friends of the Holocaust Survivors Centre Committee.

Forty-seven-year-old Mr Spitz was presented with a photo book, entitled A Month in the Life of the HSC, which was signed by members of the centre.

He said he felt honoured to have been a part of the lives of the members of the centre and urged the next generation to get involved.

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