THE stories of Holocaust survivors in Prestwich will be remembered forever in the world remembrance centre in Jerusalem.

Holocaust survivors from Prestwich and elsewhere in Greater Manchester gathered at The Fed to give their words and memories to Dorit Novak, the director of Yad Vashem.

The survivors have been taking part in the My Voice project, where survivors stories are bound into books which will be kept at The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

Carol Field attended with her mother, Rosel Zief, a Holocaust survivor.

Ms Field said: "Someone was asking me if my mother had been to the Yad Vashem. I told them she went years ago but she can’t travel there anymore, so today the Yad Vashem came to her."

Survivor, Sam Gontarz, was amongst four story-tellers present, who signed their completed books before they were handed over to Ms Novak.

Speaking of the enormous benefit he has derived from his involvement, he said: "If I was to win the lottery I wouldn’t be anywhere near as happy as I am knowing my book is going to the Yad Vashem.”

Hila Kaye, project leader on My Voice, explained how Fed volunteers befriend and enable survivors to give voice to their personal experiences.

They listen to, record and transcribe their stories which are then designed, edited and published with photographs by the project.

My Voice, she explained, focuses on “the whole life of survivors, hidden children, Kindertransport and refugees,” giving us “a better understanding of what life was like for the Jewish communities in Europe before the war” and through the rise anti-Semitism, and starting afresh in the UK.

Speaking to the visitors Ms Kaye stressed the importance of preserving the stories at this point.

She said: "We are running against time and as one of our survivors used to say, 'one day I won't be here anymore, people will say it never happened because people won't think it could have happened'.

"But the project gives us something to learn from this horrific time — the fact that people can heal; that people can return to life from the worst situation — it not only teaches us about what happened, but also about what kind of choices a human being can make — where they can go, how much power, how much energy, there is no limit to the ability of recovering."