The Holocaust Educational Trust is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend Avram Schaufeld.

Avram was born on 30 April 1926 in Chorzów, Poland. Following the German invasion of Poland in 1939, Avram and his family suffered increasing persecution, including use as slave labour. Eventually, Avram was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau and from there to its subcamp of Blechhammer. As the Red Army advanced in early 1945, Avram and his fellow prisoners were sent on a death march to Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany and then its subcamp Langenstein-Zwieberge, where he was liberated on 11 April 1945. Avram was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust.

After the war, Avram migrated to Israel where he fell in love with Vera Löwyová, who had come to the UK in 1939 as a child refugee on the Kindertransport from Czechoslovakia and who was spending time on a kibbutz. The couple married on the kibbutz in November 1952 before settling in Britain in 1954; they had two daughters.

Both Avram and Vera shared their testimonies of their experiences with young people for many years. Avram will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with Vera and the rest of their family.