Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Farewell to the Man Who Relived Holocaust for 70 Years to Prevent a Repeat ; DEATH ANNOUNCED OF AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR WHO DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO EDUCATING CHILDREN ABOUT THE HORRORS OF CONCENTRATION CAMPS

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Farewell to the Man Who Relived Holocaust for 70 Years to Prevent a Repeat ; DEATH ANNOUNCED OF AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR WHO DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO EDUCATING CHILDREN ABOUT THE HORRORS OF CONCENTRATION CAMPS

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HOLOCAUST survivor and campaigner Mayer Hersh has died at the age of 90.

Mayer was known for his tireless work recounting the horrors he endured in Auschwitz in a bid to ensure such atrocities will never be repeated.

He died aged 90 on Friday at the Heathlands Village Care Home, in Prestwich, and was laid to rest during a traditional Jewish ceremony in Manchester on Sunday. Friends have paid tribute to Mayer as a 'true intellectual' and 'one of the nicest men in the world.' .

Mayer was just 12 when the Nazis seized him - along with his brother Jakob - in 1940, after invading his native Poland a year earlier.

The pair were thrown into a string of concentration camps before ending up in Auschwitz three years later.

Mayer was finally freed from the camp by the Russians in 1945 - by then, in his own words, a 'filthy, emaciated skeleton' suffering from typhus.

The two brothers were the only survivors of a family of eight.

Mayer settled in Manchester after the war with his wife, Judith, who survives him, and went on to become one of the most distinguished and inspirational figures in holocaust education in the UK. …

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