David Kut­ner

BORN KONSTANINOV, APRIL 25, 1928. DIED SOUTHEND, JAN­UARY 17, 2008.

The Jewish Chronicle - - Obituaries -

HOLO­CAUST SUR­VIVOR David Kut­ner came to Bri­tain as one “The Boys”, the child sur­vivors of the Nazi death camps, in 1945.

Born near Lodz, David and his fam­ily were sent from the Lodz ghetto to Auschwitz in 1944. His par­ents and a sis­ter per­ished. An­other sis­ter sur­vived but never re­cov­ered her health.

In Auschwitz’s Birke­nau camp, he was starved, beaten and tor­tured. In April 1945 he was sent on death marches to Weimar, Buchen­wald and Terezin, where he was lib­er­ated by the Rus­sians. In Au­gust he came on a trans­port of 310 boys and girls flown to Eng­land and land­ing at Lake Win­der­mere.

He left his first job, drilling car­bur­re­tor holes, to be a rep in the cloth­ing busi­ness, trav­el­ling round the coun­try. His ex­pe­ri­ences are among the 732 young camp sur­vivors recorded in Sir Martin Gil­bert’s 1996 book, The Boys.

Haunted by Holo­caust mem­o­ries, he bore his trou­bles with dig­nity and courage. He gained some re­lease from his sense of im­pris­on­ment and reg­i­men­ta­tion through travel and be­ing out­doors in Southend’s sea air.

He is sur­vived by Va­lerie, his wife of 55 years, and two daugh­ters.

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