Kindertransport refugee and renowned journalist Hella Pick dies aged 94

Heartfelt tributes are being paid to Holocaust survivor and renowned journalist Hella Pick who died aged 94.

Born in Vienna in 1929, Pick was put on a Kindertransport by her mother after Germany annexed Austria in 1938. She went to school in the Lake District, and her mother joined her three months later. Studying at the London School of Economics, Pick became a journalist, spending more than three decades with The Guardian.

One of the only female journalists in what was then a largely male-dominated career, Pick travelled around the world, covering everything from the Watergate scandal and Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, to the Cold War and the collapse of the Berlin Wall. She was appointed CBE in 2000.

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Hella Pick CBE. Hella was an extraordinary woman. At the age of 11, she escaped the horrors of life under Nazi occupation and came to Britain as a refugee on the Kindertransport.

The UK’s Post Holocaust issues envoy Lord Eric Pickles wrote: “She was formidable to the end. May her memory be a blessing.”


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