Holocaust and Auschwitz survivor Frank Bright dies in Suffolk

One of the last known Jewish Holocaust survivors in the UK has died aged 94.

Frank Bright MBE was imprisoned at the Theresienstadt ghetto in the former Czechoslovakia and his parents were believed to have been murdered at Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland during the war.

Mr Bright, who regularly gave talks in schools, died at Ipswich Hospital after a short illness.

“I loved him very much,” said his daughter Miriam Bright.

“We shared a sense of humour and I will obviously miss him very much.”

He was born Frank Brichta in Berlin in 1928 and the family fled to Prague in 1938, which was soon annexed by Nazi Germany.

Mr Bright said his father was transported from Theresienstadt to Auschwitz in 1944, never to be seen again, before he and his mother were taken there a fortnight later.

He was declared fit to work at the death camp and, after five days, was sent to work as a slave labourer at a propeller factory.

After liberation in May 1945, and after care from the Red Cross in Prague, he made his way to London to live with distant relatives.

He took evening classes to train as a civil engineer, worked in Canada, and returned to the UK to work with local authorities, including Suffolk County Council.


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