Introduction

70 years ago I came to England together with 732 youngsters who came to be known affectionately as ‘The Boys’. Most of us had lost families and had similar horrendous experiences. We were housed in hostels and it was here that our friendships began to germinate. These friendships blossomed when the majority of us came…

Mick Zwirek

Our father Abraham ‘Mick’ Zwirek was born on 18 December 1925 in Plock, Poland. He was in two ghettos and four concentration camps. At first he was in a ghetto in his hometown of Plock and then briefly at Laziyo village before being moved with his parents and sister to Suchedniów ghetto. In September 1942…

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Harry Wajchandler and Howard Chandler

Harry (Herschel) Wajchendler (1926) and his younger brother Howard Chandler (Chaim Wajchendler, 1928) were born in Wierzbnik, Poland. They lived in a large house with their parents, Leibke and Pearl and elder sister Geetel (Gucha), and younger brother, Shmulek. Their family had a dry goods store and were active members of the Jewish community. They…

Hanka Ziegler Smith

My name is Hanka Ziegler Smith and I feel very blessed to leave a legacy of my life represented in this tree. I am the sole survivor of my family from Poland, Lodz. I had three brothers and two sisters. Four of them perished in the Holocaust with my parents and all my relatives. My…

Rose Turek

My mother, Rose Regina Turek was born in Poland and was taken at a young age to Theresienstadt. She was liberated after the war and went to England. There she met with other survivors who had experienced similar losses. What kept these children strong, after losing their entire family, was the bond of friendship –…

Bluma and Berek Wurzel Our

Our mother Bluma Wurzel Urbas was born on May 2, 1926 in Radomsko, Poland. Her father was a wealthy businessman in Radomsko and had many diamonds that he hid away carefully. He used the precious stones to pay various country people to hide his family in big dog houses on their farms. Eventually, her father…

Mala Tribich (née Helfgott)

I was born on 24th September 1930 in Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland, the middle child of three, with an older brother Ben and a younger sister Lusia. I enjoyed a normal happy life in a loving family until the German Army invaded Poland on 1st September 1939, when my world collapsed. During the next five and…

Alf Wohlreich

My mum and dad, Gertie and Alf Wohlreich, were both victims of the Nazi camps, and the slave labour regime. My mum was liberated to Sweden by the Swedish Red Cross, then went to London where she worked in her uncle’s East End Bakery. My dad was liberated by the Russians and came to England…

Salomon Rafael Winogrodzki

Salomon Rafael Winogrodzki was known as Schlamek, Gary and Ray to friends and family, but I knew him as ‘Zidda’. I have countless cherished memories; I remember Zidda saying ‘Hello Moto’ as a greeting whenever he would see me. The Motorola mobile phone advert played repeatedly when we had been watching television. Once when I…

Lipa Tepper

My father was Lipa Tepper. He was born on Nov 30 1926 in Dukla in the south of Poland. He was taken aged 13 from his family and spent numerous years in multiple camps including: Buchenwald, Schlieben, Czestochowa, Jeruzolimska, Skarżysko-Kamienna Theresienstadt. He was finally liberated from hell in 1945 and taken to England as one…