WE’RE NOT ‘REFUGEES’
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)