Moshe Nurtman

The Nurtman Family square features a rainbow which represents the life and hope that was born from so much hate. The names above the rainbow are those of Moshe’s parents, brothers and sisters who perished in the Holocaust and: Israel (44 years), Sarah (38 years), Benjamin (18 years), Esther Brandel (16 years), Samuel (11 years)…

Chaim Lewkowicz

Born on 21st February 1926, the youngest of eleven children, to Yaakow and Chava, Charlie (then known as Chaim) grew up in Pietrkow Trybunalski, Poland. After surviving several concentration camps, he came to England as one of The Boys. He married Beca and had two children, Eve and Jack, and six grandchildren: Jonathan, Robert, Ilana,…

Sala Hochszpiegel & Benny Newton

My parents were born in Poland in 1929, my mother Sala in Lodz and my father Benny in Skarzysko. Their war years were spent in various ghettos and camps, both finally ending up in Theresienstadt from where they were liberated on 6th May 1945. They were brought to Windermere where their relationship blossomed and they…

Rachel Levy

My mother was born on 30th April 1930 in a tiny village called Bhutz in the Carpathian Mountains. The Nazi’s first came to round up the 100 Jews in the village in 1942 but they evaded capture by hiding in the mountains aided by the local Romanians. In 1945 the Nazi’s returned and this time…

Steve Mermelstein

Our father, Steven “Simi” Mermelstein z”l was born on December 9, 1929 in Zdenyov, Czechoslovakia. The situation in his area began to deteriorate in 1943 and his older sisters convinced their father to let them care for him in Budapest where they worked as nurses in the Jewish Red Cross hospital. He was briefly conscripted…

Peretz Lev

Peretz Lev (Levkovich) was born on September 9th 1927 in a small village called Pavienze in Poland. At the age of 6 he lost his father and the family moved to Lodz. He was 12 years old when his family was forced to move to the Lodz ghetto. In 1944 he was transported to Auschwitz…

Jack Melcer

I was born in 1930 in Warsaw. I had a sister and 3 brothers. I lived in the ghetto until mid 1941. I managed to escape together with my mother to Kozienice. I had to go to farms and beg for food. A Volksdeutche farmer’s wife offered me a job which I accepted on condition…

Sam Laskier

My father, known then as Szmulek or Shmuel Laskier, was born in Warsaw in August 1927. His family home was in the middle of the ghetto on Stavki St, across from the Umschlagplatz. After approximately 18 months in the Warsaw ghetto, his parents managed to smuggle him out and he was sent to stay with…

David Kutner

David Kutner, survivor, was all about love. His great love for the sun in both summer and winter, for the full moon, for his favourite Spanish music, for his funny little sayings, for the stories of the Fools of Chelm and for his daily cups of tea. He also loved his many friends like Sala…

Leon Manders

My dad was a very charismatic man. He left a great impression on everyone he met. He was a great listener and was able to delve into their deeper selves of everyone he met and people would invariably say ‘He changed my life!’ My square is based on the Love, Ahava sculpture which is in…