Harpenden Holocaust survivor revisits Auschwitz for Steven Spielberg-backed project

Filming near the entrance to the women's camp

Filming near the entrance to the women's camp - Credit: Archant

An Auschwitz survivor now living in Harpenden is to feature in a Steven Spielberg-funded film about her return visit to a Nazi concentration camp in what was once German-occupied Poland.

This is not the first time Kitty Hart-Moxon has been in a film documenting her travels back to the infamous camp, however this time she is joined by two girls who are the same age she would have been when she first arrived.

The 88 year old has retold her experiences of survival beginning with her entry to the camp in 1943, where she recalls working in the latrines, digging ditches and having to move on to the ‘Kanada Kommando’ duty, where she had to sort though the clothes of the murdered victims.

Lydia Hollingsworth, 15, from Harpenden, said of the filming experience: “It was a real honour to be with Kitty as she recounted what she had to go though just to survive day by day.

“We hope that people our age will be able to learn from Kitty, to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.

“It made me quite emotional being here, learning about her suffering and thinking about all those people who were murdered. It also made me think, Kitty was my age when she was here, in this terrible place.

“We want to be able to help educate our peers about the Holocaust and to remind them what Kitty and so many others went through, many of whom did not survive”.

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The Legacy Project documentary was the brainchild of Jeremy Hollingsworth, the assistant head teacher at St George’s School in Harpenden.

He said: “I wanted to use two girls who were the same age as Kitty when she was in Auschwitz so that it would really resonate with people of that age group who are the right age to learn about the Holocaust.

“As time passes I felt it was more difficult than ever for people of that age to comprehend and this legacy, through the inclusion of the two girls, would enable a connection between the old and the young, past and present.”

Steven Spielberg’s foundation Shoah Foundation funded the project and sent a film crew over from LA to film Kitty and Lydia in Auschwitz and the documentary will be shown on 200 channels across the world. It will also be sent out to all schools across America.

At the end of the filming in Auschwitz, as Kitty stood in front of the pond in which the Nazis had dumped the ashes of the victims, she was asked about the importance of the Legacy Project, to which she said: “This is my legacy, it is for all the people who were here, many of whom never came out.

“I want people to come and to learn what happened here and I want them to remember that just because it happened once 70 years ago, does not meant that it could not happen again. Back then we did not know what was going to happen to us, but perhaps next time, knowing about this, they can be better prepared.”