An­nelise lives life to the full at 100

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JC RE­PORTER

AN­NELISE WIN­TER en­joyed mark­ing her 100th birth­day with a string of cel­e­bra­tions.

Mrs Win­ter is a mem­ber of Jewish Care’s Holo­caust Sur­vivors’ Cen­tre in Hen­don where staff and vol­un­teers hosted a tea for her, her nieces’ fam­i­lies and her friends at the cen­tre. The cen­te­nar­ian didn’t let age ham­per ad­di­tional cel­e­bra­tions which in­cluded a sur­prise tea party, a fam­ily lunch and a tea party with friends at Edg­ware and Dis­trict Re­form.

Mrs Win­ter, who lives in Mill Hill, said: “My 100th birth­day is one of my hap­pi­est days, I re­ceived a card from the Queen signed with her first name.”

Mrs Win­ter’s ne­ice, Sue Sylvester, said: “We would like to thank ev­ery­one for the amaz­ing week of 100th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions. We were in­vited to most of the cel­e­bra­tions and were quite ex­hausted. I don’t know how she man­aged.”

BornAn­neliseClaraGoer­itzin1915,she grew up in Berlin, and worked as a typ­ist. Just be­fore the out­break of the Sec­ond World War, her par­ents sent her and her sis­ter, An­nemarie, to the UK. The sis­ters did not see their par­ents again as they did not es­cape the Nazis.

A d i s t a n t cousin acted as a guar­an­tor and found jobs for the girls sewing gar­ments in a cloth­ing fac­tory in Leek, Stafford­shire.

Mrs Win­ter said: “I worked there for two years earn­ing 30 shillings a week and paid full board and lodg­ing for £1.” When she moved to Lon­don af­ter two years, she ap­plied for a typ­ing job in what is now the Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions, and man­aged a typ­ing pool un­til re­tir­ing at 65. She mar­ried her late hus­band, Oskar, in 1950, liv­ing in Kil­burn for £100 a year in rent be­fore the couple moved to Mill Hill.

“Oskar and I met at the As­so­ci­a­tion of Jewish Refugees. He was a refugee from the con­cen­tra­tion camps and sur­vived be­cause of a guard who helped him.

“My wed­ding day was one of the hap­pi­est days of my life, when we came out of the registry of­fice peo­ple in the street shouted ‘Mazel tov!’. We met when I was 35 and Oskar was 40. We didn’t have chil­dren but I have two nieces, my sis­ter’s daugh­ters, Sue and Yvonne. They take care of me.” Her hus­band died in 1992.

Asked if she thought young peo­ple re­spect older peo­ple, she replied: “I should think yes. A while ago I wanted to cross the road and a young stranger asked to help me and I thanked him.

“Also, I am very grate­ful for the sup­port I re­ceive at the Holo­caust Sur­vivors’ Cen­tre, I come here to play bridge and enjoy the meals, but it is so much more than that, they col­lect me, they take me home. I can’t ask for more.”

An­nelise Win­ter cel­e­brates her birth­day at the Holo­caust Sur­vivors’ Cen­tre in Hen­don with her nieces and their hus­bands. Inset: An­nelise and Oskar on their wed­ding day in 1950

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