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Zigi Shipper BEM: Bushey man who survived the Holocaust celebrates 90th birthday 

 Published on: 21st January 2020   |   By: Charlie Reynolds   |   Category: Uncategorized

A survivor of the Holocaust who managed to escape a death march during the Second World War has recently celebrated his 90th birthday. 

Zigi Shipper BEM, who lives in Bushey, turned 90 on January 18 and celebrated in style with friends and family. 

Mr Shipper miraculously survived Auschwitz and a death march and now regularly shares his story in schools across the country to educate the youth of today. 

Zigi, originally from Łódź, Poland, was born on January 18, 1930, to a Jewish family and attended a Jewish school. 

After working in a metal factory until 1944, Zigi was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he was stripped, shaved and showered.

Shortly after arriving at Auschwitz, the group he travelled with were selected to either be fit enough to work or to be killed immediately. Zigi was chose to work and volunteered at a railway yard. 

After getting sent to Stutthof concentration camp, Zigi and the rest of the group were sent on a death march. Before they were sent to Denmark, there was a British air attack and Zigi, and others, were saved and were liberated on May 3, 1945. 

Three days after, Zigi was in hospital for three months due to the effects of overeating after a long period in the camps of malnutrition. 

Zigi arrived in the UK in 1947, where he married and had a family, many of which he celebrated his 90th birthday with last month. 

Speaking to The Mirror, Zigi said: “Today telling people what happened in Auschwitz and the other camps is more important than ever. We must never give up. There are now so few of us left, so we must talk, talk, talk, for as long as we can.

“It is terrible that there is still racism today. I cannot believe it is still happening. People say a certain group of people is not good, but to me everybody is the same.”

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