Alexander Riseman and Yitzhak Rajsman

My father, Alexander David Riseman, was born to an orthodox family in June 1926 in Lodz, Poland. In January 1940 he was forced into the Lodz ghetto (after his father had been brutally shot by the Nazis) where he remained with his brother, sister and mother until 1944. He was then deported to Auschwitz. After the…

Joe Rents

Born Jozek Ratziek in September 1929, Joe lived in Rzeszow, a town near Krakow with his family. They were all made to live in the Krakow ghetto prior to the Plaszow work camp in 1942. They were then transported to the concentration camp at Auschwitz where all his family perished. At Auschwitz, having been tattooed…

Nathan Pivnik

Nathan (Nat, as he was known) was one of seven children born to Fajgla and Leib in Bedzin, Poland. He had two sisters and four brothers. His mother Fajgla was 38 years old and his father Leib was 49 years old. His sisters Handel 21, Hanna 13 and his brothers Mayer 16, Wolf 8 and…

Mendel Preter

I was born on October 7th 1927 in a small village called Czermnika near Lublin in Poland. Towards the end of 1942 when I was 15 years old I was taken to work in a distillery not far from where I lived which was run by the SS. All my family were taken away to…

Michael Preston

I was born on 30th June 1930 in Lodz, Poland. My parents and my sister lived in the Lodz ghetto. My father died in the ghetto. The rest of the family ended up in Auschwitz where my mother and sister died. I then went to Buchenwald and finally Theresienstadt where I was liberated in May…

David Peterson

Born David Pietrkowski on 17th October 1927, David lost all his family in the ghettos and concentration camps in Poland. When he was liberated and alone in the world at the age of seventeen he came alone to England to begin a new life. These family photos will always remind me that out of the…

Arthur Poznanski

Our father Arthur Poznanski was born on November 7 1927 in Praszka, Poland. He worked in the Hortensia glass factory, in Bugaj as a joiner, and went through the camps at Buchenwald, Schlieben, and Flossenbürg. He escaped by jumping from a train that was transporting him to Mauthausen in 1945. On landing he was shot…

Josef Perl

JOSEF PERL was born on 27 April 1930, in Velicky Bockov, Czechoslovakia, the only son of Frieda and Lazar Perl. He had eight sisters. His journey through the camps included Krakow-Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen, Grossrosen, Bolkenhain (a subcamp of Gross-Rosen), Hirschberg and Buchenwald, from where he was liberated in April 1945 by the Americans, 16…

Issaak Pomeranc

Our father Issaak Pomeranc was born on 2nd March 1928 in Dzialoszyce, Poland. In 1941, aged 13, he was taken to the town’s ghetto and from there to Plazsow concentration camp. During the following 4 years he was taken to a further 6 camps and then on a death march to Theresienstadt, where he was…

Steven Pearl

The making of Steven Pearl’s quilt square – I have to say, it has been tougher than I first thought. Whilst wanting to create a celebration of our father’s life and keep to the positives, sadly the Holocaust and its effects on his spirit have very much affected his life. When we were young he…