26 Jan 2020

Auschwitz survivor Renee Salt: ‘Anti-Semitism is very bad now’

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

She was imprisoned in Auschwitz as a young teenager. Tomorrow, Renee Salt, now 90, will be back at Auschwitz along with hundreds of other Holocaust survivors, heads of state and religious leaders – marking the 75th anniversary of its liberation.

But these are worrying times. Hate crimes against Jewish people have doubled in England and Wales in the last year, and just this weekend police launched an investigation after anti-Semitic graffiti was daubed on a bank and shop in South East London.

For 50 years Mrs Salt remained silent about her experiences. But she began speaking out and says now she will never stop – because she’s terrified the spectre of anti-Semitism is returning.