Oxford Jewish Thought

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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

Holocaust Survivor Henry Glanz at the Oxford Chabad Society

I was born on 28th May 1924 in the small town of Zolynia in Southern Poland, which was part of Austria-Hungary until the end of the First World War. I have no memory of Poland as my parents, Markus and Esther (nee Buchen), immigrated when I was a baby to Kiel on the Baltic coast of North Germany, near the Danish border, where other Jews from Kiel lived, among them the two brothers of Esther. I grew up there. My parents ran a textiles business from the family flat, first in the Reventlou-Alee, then from 1930 in the Sternstrasse. After the Nazis came to power the condition of Jewish commerce worsened due to the boycott against them. The family that had by then grown to five members, had to move into a smaller and cheaper flat in the Adelheids… Read More »

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