Simon Winston was born in 1938 to a Jewish family in Radzivillov, Poland.

In 1941, the Nazis occupied Simon’s town, imprisoned Simon and his family in a ghetto and subjected them to antisemitic laws.

Conditions in the ghetto were abysmal, and, following an execution of 2000 Jews in 1932, Simon’s father arranged for the family to escape the ghetto by bribing one of the German guards.

After escaping from the ghetto, the family survived by hiding in the cellar of a barn until liberation in 1945. After the war, the family were unable to return home and spent time in several Displaced Persons camps before emigrating to England, where they settled.

After attending school, Simon became a civil engineer and then a teacher.

In this video and the extracts below, Simon tells his story.

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