‘I was brought into Auschwitz concentration camp with my mother on 2nd April 1943, when I was 16. After liberation in 1945, I moved to England with my mother, and I have dedicated my life to raising awareness of the Holocaust. I have written two autobiographies and made many programmes about returning to Auschwitz. In 2003 I was awarded an OBE for services to Holocaust education. I moved to Hertfordshire in 2006 to be close to my son’s family.’
‘On arrival in Auschwitz my mother was tattooed first.
Her number was 39933; mine was 39934.
After the war I trained as a radiographer in Birmingham. The uniform’s short sleeves meant the tattoo was visible. I tried explaining to people what it was, but they didn’t want to understand. I asked a plastic surgeon to remove it and when my mother died her tattoo was removed as well. I keep the two numbers together in this specimen case. It’s important to preserve them. When I’m gone, at least it’s there.’
‘This photograph shows me as a little girl in our
home town of Bielsko-Biala, in around 1933. You can also see my grandmother, parents and my brother.
This is the only photo left of my family; only my mother and I survived the war.’