Monday, June 19, 2006

Refugee Week

Today marks the start of Refugee Week.

Hopefully we will see some positive news stories about the benefits many refugees and immigrants have brought to Britain, rather than the usual bad news stories.

Many immigrants, many of whom have been refugees from conflict, famine, human rights abuses and extreme poverty have added to the cultural, political, economic wellbeing of our country. They should be welcomed not castigated.

Each day this week (if I remember!!!) I will highlight one immigrant's own positive story.

Ben Helfgott is a Holocaust Survivor who came to Britain in 1945. Ben is the only known concentration camp survivor who competed in an Olympic Games and captained the British weightlifting teams in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics.

Ben now dedicates his time to furthering the cause of the Holocaust Remembrance and Education.

Ben Helfgott's Story

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