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Prisoners hear Holocaust talk

A PERSONAL account of Nazi holocaust in the German death camps of WWII was heard by in- mates at HMP East Sutton Park prison from a relative of one of thewar’s most defiant characters. Thiswas the final public presen-

tation by Anne Frank’s half-sister. Eva Schloss (89) agreed to visit

the prison, near Maidstone, to share her experiences in an effort to inspire inmates to move forward and live fulfilling lives. The Holocaust survivor spoke

about her ordeal during Hitler’s regime and how she and her fam- ily learned to cope. AmovingDVDwas also shown,

telling the tragic story of Anne, who died along with most of her family in the Bergen-Belsen con- centration camp. She left behind perhaps the most famous diary to have been written in the 20th century, which has been translated into 67 languages and has sold 30 million copies. Anne’s moving account of her

life hiding from the Nazis has be- come compelling reading and ends at the point at which theywere dis- covered.

Eva’s family also were captured

by the Nazis in May 1944 and taken toAuschwitz. Her father and brother did not survive the ordeal, but she and her motherwere freed in 1945 by Russian troops. Anne’s father Otto, who also sur-

vived, later married Eva’s mother. Both families faced the heartbreak of losing parents, brothers, sisters and extended family. Eva’s visit to the women’s prison

was part of aweek-long exhibition by theAnne Frank Trust – of which she is a founding member – which gave inmates an opportunity to learn about the historical events of WWII as part of a project run by education provider, Novus. Ruth Eagles, who manages the Novus courses at East Sutton Park, said: “Eva is an inspiration to all of us – a Holocaust survivor with so much knowledge and courage, peoplewere captivated by her.” Inmates received mentoring cer- tificates from theAnne Frank Trust and a signed copy of Eva’s book, Eva’s Story, which is part of her work to educate the world about the Holocaust and for which she received an MBE in 2012.


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A new era for refurbished pub

THE Potting Shed in Langley (pictured) has opened its doors to the public. It follows a dramatic change of fortune for the former 16th century

Crown and Horseshoes pub on the Sutton Road and months of work and amajor investment. Villagers enjoyed the first look around the extended and refurbished in-

terior with a free tasting before the official opening. The pub had closed for several years before its renovation. The re-opening brings Elite’s portfolio of pubs across Kent and Sussex to

seven. The company founder, Martial Chaussy, fromHollingbourne, prides himself on a reputation for turning round run-down pubs. Here, he has continued his crusade to resurrect the community pub, opening early for breakfast and serving coffee all daywhile creating a taste of London dining in the heart of Langley. It’s a recipe that has worked for the firm elsewhere, with other popular restaurants in the group including the Dirty Habit at Hollingbourne and the Farm House inWest Malling. The roof is part-cloaked with natural grasses and there is a vaulted din-

ing room, which opens onto a large terrace and garden. There is also a wood-fired pizza oven and a “theatre kitchen”, visible to diners, and an on- site herb and vegetable garden. A private function roomcaters for up to 35 guests, which will be hosting its first parties in time for Christmas.

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