Painting in Real Deal for Sobibor

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012
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The granddaughter of a Holocaust victim has sold a painting on a TV show to pay for a memorial stone at the Sobibor Nazi extermination camp in Poland.

Katherine Wolfe's print of The Stone, from a painting by Charles Bartlett, belonged to her maternal grandmother - who had disapproved of her British daughter marrying a German Jew.

The picture was sold at auction last month for £120, and filmed by David Dickinson's Real Deal when the show came to Leicester, where Ms Wolfe lives.

Ms Wolfe's father Max escaped from Nazi Germany in 1939, after being interned in Buchenwald with his father Otto, who managed to secure his son's release by paying a sponsor for him to come to England. Ms Wolfe said: "In 2008, I attended a Jewish genealogy workshop, which helped me piece together what had happened to my family.

"Papers showed that, on June 13 1942, Otto was arrested and put on the transport to Sobibor, where he was killed. For 250 euros you can have a stone engraved and placed in Sobibor's memorial gardens. I planned that when I had the money, I would buy a stone and have my grandfather's name engraved."

    Last updated: 2:02pm, May 3 2012