Royal distinction for Selma van de Perre

Selma van de Perre-Velleman, a Dutch Holocaust survivor who is living in London, received a Royal distinction at a festive, digital award ceremony on Friday 12 February. The award was presented to her by the Dutch Ambassador to the UK, Karel van Oosterom.

Selma van de Perre
Selma van de Perre joined the ceremony via a big screen in the Dutch Church in London

WWII Resistance fighter

Selma van de Perre (98) was a member of the Dutch Resistance in World War Two. She hid her Jewish identity while doing underground work. When she was eventually caught by the Nazis, Selma was sent to women's concentration camp Ravensbrück. She is one of the few survivors of that camp who are still alive today.

Making sure this part of history is not forgotten

For decades, Selma has been informing younger generations about the horrors of the War. Tirelessly. Hundreds of trainee teachers have been inspired by Selma during study trips to Ravensbrück, where Selma has been going year after year to make sure her story - and that of many, many other victims of the War - is not forgotten. To that end, Selma also recently published a book, ‘My Name is Selma’, which has been translated in many languages. For her efforts to keep informing younger generations of this very dark chapter in human history, Selma was appointed as Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

More information about Selma and why she was decorated