WE’RE NOT ‘REFUGEES’

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

Ruth Hirsch ( Let­ters, Novem­ber 2) seems to want to re­de­fine the words “Holo­caust sur­vivor”. She main­tains that you had to be in­car­cer­ated in a con­cen­tra­tion camp or a ghetto to be called a “Holo­caust sur­vivor”. I won­der what those who came over in the Kin­der­trans­port feel about this? To me, it seems that Ms Hirsch is one of those peo­ple who be­lieves that she al­ways had it worse than any­one else. Peter Phillips Ar­mitage Close, Loud­wa­ter, Herts, WD3

Ruth Hirsch’s idea of refugees “en­joy­ing a nor­mal life in this coun­try” shows to­tal ig­no­rance of the ex­is­tence of refugees in Bri­tain.

I left Ger­many for Bri­tain in 1939 as a 12-year-old. My par­ents had to sign away all parental rights and promised wel­fare and ed­u­ca­tion never ma­te­ri­alised. I was shunted be­tween Jews and non-Jews, of­ten ne­glected and made to feel an un­wanted bur­den. Af­ter 1941, the Red Cross let­ters from my par­ents stopped. At the end of 1945 I learned what I had long ex­pected: my par­ents had been mur­dered and I stood alone in the world.

As to the civilised coun­try (Bri­tain)

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