Always Remembered

By November 2, 2016news-manchester
Chief executive of The Fed, Karen Phillips with the late Mayer Hersh.

Mayer Hersh, a survivor of the Holocaust has died aged 90.

Mayer Hersh, who has died aged 90, was one of the foremost witnesses to the Holocaust.

He died on 7th October at Heathlands Village care home in Prestwich after retiring from public speaking in January.

Following his experiences after being captured at the aged of 12 in western Poland by Nazis, Mayer dedicated his life to recounting many stories and harrowing tales of his experiences. Mayer has spent his adult life retelling his time in Auschwitz in order to ensure the horrors are never repeated, and he became one of the most distinguished and inspirational figures in Holocaust education in the country.

Most of his family was killed in the Holocaust, except Mayer and his brother Jakob who survived the horrors of Auschwitz as well as eight other concentration camps while being interned. In May 1945 he was freed by Russians at the age of 18. He then settled in Manchester with his wife Judith and developed a tailoring business, a trade pursued by his father.