The Holocaust Educational Trust is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Holocaust survivor Chaim Ferster.
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Exec of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:
"Chaim Ferster survived the worst horrors known to man, losing almost his entire family. After liberation he came to Britain and rebuilt his life at the heart of the Manchester community and in his later years he dedicated himself to sharing his story of pain and loss with the next generation. He reminds us that the eyewitnesses to the Holocaust will not be with us forever and that it is up to all of us to keep their legacies alive."
Chaim Ferster was born on July 18th 1922 in Sosnowiec, Poland. He had three sisters, but he and younger sister Manya were the only members of large extended family who survived the Holocaust.
From March 1943, Chaim went through seven concentration camps. In September 1944 he arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. After six weeks he was selected to work as an engineer. After a horrendous journey in cattle trucks in which many people died, he arrived at Niederorschel in Germany. He worked in a factory assembling the wings for Junker planes. At the beginning of April 1945, the camp was closed and all the inmates were ordered onto a death march. On the evening of the 10th April 1945 they arrived at Buchenwald. The camp was liberated the following day.
After being reunited with his sister Manya, he resettled in the UK. In 1947 he met his wife in Manchester and in 1948 they married. Chaim was married for 65 years, until his wife passed away in 2014. He had three children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.