Introduction to Survivor Stories

Each Holocaust survivor has a unique and individual story.  In this section you can find out about some of our members, read their stories and watch short films of them describing their experiences in person. Their recollections include life in the ghettos, the experience of being a slave labourer, surviving concentration camps, life in hiding, and what it what like to arrive in the UK as a refugee.   

Click on a survivor to go to their page and find out about their story.

Each page contains a brief life history and a series of films in which each person tells their story. Click the 'play' button in the centre of each video to watch the film. Double-click each thumbnail to go to full screen. Scroll to the bottom of each survivor's page to download a pdf transcript of their films. You can also watch the films on our Vimeo site, www.vimeo.com/holocaustlearn

Survivor Stories

Eugene Black

Eugene Black

Eugene was transported to Auschwitz in 1944. He survived several Nazi slave labour camps.

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Iby Knill

Iby Knill

Iby worked for the Resistance in Hungary. She was sent to Auschwitz as a political prisoner.

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Trude Silman

Trude Silman

Trude grew up in Bratislava. In 1939, aged 9, she escaped to England by train.

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Heinz Skyte

Heinz Skyte

Heinz grew up in the heart of Nazi Germany. His family escaped to England days before war broke out.

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Val Ginsburg

Val Ginsburg

Val survived Kaunas ghetto and Dachau labour camp. He and wife Ibi moved to England for a new life.

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Leisel Carter

Leisel Carter

Leisel escaped Germany via Norway aged just 4. Years later, she traced her Norwegian foster family.

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Ibi Ginsburg

Ibi Ginsburg

Ibi was transported from her home in Hungary to Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944.

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Margaret Kagan

Margaret Kagan

Margaret escaped the Kaunas ghetto. She went into hiding, helped by friends, until the war ended.

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Edith Goldberg

Edith Goldberg

Edith escaped Germany on the Kindertransport at the age of 11 and made a new life in Leeds.

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Martin Kapel

Martin Kapel

Martin and his family were expelled from Germany in 1938. He came to England on the Kindertransport....

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Arek Hersh

Arek Hersh

Arek was born in Poland and survived the Lodz ghetto and Auschwitz concentration camp.

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Rudi Leavor

Rudi Leavor

Rudi was born into a German Jewish family in Berlin. In 1937 they fled Germany for Bradford.

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