‘De­ter­mined’ sur­vivor dies af­ter ill­ness

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSADOHERTY

CHAIM FER­STER, a Holo­caust sur­vivor who was sent to seven Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camps, has died at the age of 94.

Mr Fer­ster died af­ter suf­fer­ing from pneu­mo­nia and a kid­ney in­fec­tion, ac­cord­ing to his rabbi, Arnold Saun­ders.

Pay­ing trib­ute, Rabbi Saun­ders said Mr Fer­ster “had nine lives and was an in­spi­ra­tion”.

When the Nazis in­vaded Poland, Mr Fer­ster was forced from his home in the city of Sos­nowiec and sent to camps in­clud­ing Buchen­wald and Auschwitz, where he suf­fered mal­nu­tri­tion and ty­phus.

He was lib­er­ated by Amer­i­can troops, and set­tled in Manch­ester with his sis­ter, Manya, in 1946. They started a new life in Cheetham Hill where Mr Fer­ster set up a man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness.

He ded­i­cate his later years to Holo­caust ed­u­ca­tion.

Karen Pol­lock, Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “Chaim Fer­ster sur­vived the worst hor­rors known to man, los­ing al­most his en­tire fam­ily.

“He re­minds us that the eye­wit­nesses to the Holo­caust will not be with us for­ever and that it is up to all of us to keep their lega­cies alive.”

Rel­a­tive Hannah Salomon said Mr Fer­ster was “a pow­er­ful, de­ter­mined, in­de­fati­ga­ble man”.

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