'I saw my mother led to a gas chamber'
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Holocaust survivor Frank Bright saw mother led to gas chamber

A Holocaust survivor has told of his memories of being separated from his mother at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War Two.

Frank Bright, now 88 and living near Ipswich, was 16 years old when he lost his parents in the Nazi genocide against Europe's Jews.

His journey had taken him from the family home in Berlin to Auschwitz via Prague and a Jewish ghetto in Czechoslovakia.

His father had been transported to Auschwitz two weeks before he was sent there by train with his mother in 1944.

On arrival at Auschwitz, he was deemed fit for slave labour and put to work, while his mother was sent to the gas chambers.

"It was the stench of death," he says. "People had the power of life and death over you. It was hell on Earth."

  • 27 Jan 2017