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Death of survivor

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-03-08

Leon Greenman

Leon Greenman

The only known Jewish Englishman to have been sent by the Nazis to Auschwitz has died.

Leon Greenman OBE, who was born in London in 1910, moved with his family at the age of five to Holland where in the early 1930s, he meet his wife Esther and got married in 1935 after which they returned back to London.

Just after the wedding, the couple moved back to Holland to look after Esther's grandmother.

In 1940, they had a son Barney who was registered at the British embassy so he could have British nationality but following Nazi invasion of Holland, the family were taken from their home and eventually sent to Auschwitz where both Greenman's wife and son perished.

Greenman himself was sent to six different death camps and following liberation in 1945 dedicated his life to telling his story and those of others who suffered during the Nazi regime.

In 1998, he received an OBE for his services against racism.

A permanent gallery dedicated to his story was established at London's Jewish Museum in 1995 where until recently, he would give talks every Sunday to visitors.