Wolves’ young players have learned first-hand about the horrors of war and conflict as Holocaust survivor Mindu Hornick MBE shared her testimony with the Academy’s under-14 boys’ team.
As part of their Academy studies into the Second World War, the players heard Mindu’s recollections of being ripped from her home in Czechoslovakia at just 12-years-old and taken with her mother, sister and two younger brothers to Auschwitz in Poland.
Mindu believes it was ‘sheer luck’ which saw her and her sister both survive the concentration camp and return to Prague to live with their aunts.
Not wanting to be trapped in her homeland when it was announced borders would close in 1949, she was sent to live with an uncle in Birmingham, while her sister was moved to Australia. It was in the West Midlands where Mindu would make home for the rest of her life.
Speaking to the players at an emotional evening at Molineux, Mindu explained how she struggled to recall the horrors she had seen when she was a prisoner at the Nazi death camp for more than 40 years.
But later in life, she was determined others would learn from what had happened and began a fearless programme of education. Joining the Holocaust Educational Trust, Mindu shares her story in the hope what she endured will never again be allowed to happen.