Tributes paid to 'kind' Kindertransport evacuees recently honoured by Queen

Walter Kammerling and Marc Shatzberger have died aged 97 and 94


Two Holocaust survivors who came to Britain on the Kindertransport and were recently honoured by the Queen have died.

Walter Kammerling, 97, and Marc Shatzberger, 94, were each awarded a British Empire Medal for their services to Holocaust education in 2019 and 2020.
The Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) confirmed their deaths on Wednesday. 
Mr Kammerling was born in Vienna in 1923 and witnessed the Kristallnacht pogrom in November 1938. 

He was 15 when his parents sent him to Britain on the Kindertransport. His sisters, aged 17 and 18, were over the age limit but the eldest managed to secure a domestic permit. 
His younger sister, however, did not and was sent to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz-Birkenau. His parents were both deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944. 
In Britain, Mr Kammerling lived in a children’s refugee camp in Essex and worked on a farm in northern Ireland for three years. He later served in Belgium and the Netherlands with the British Army in 1944. 

He is survived by his wife Herta, their two children and many grandchildren.
Karen Pollock, HET’s chief executive, said Mr Kammerling will be “greatly missed” and that he was a “kind and gentle man and a great supporter of our work”.
She said he had “built a successful and fruitful life in the UK” and dedicated his later years to sharing his testimony across the UK.
“Not long ago, he travelled back to Northern Ireland with the trust, to speak to post-16 students who have completed the Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project. The impact he had over the years is immeasurable and we will all remember him fondly,” she said.
Mr Schatzberger, an only child, was just 12 when he left his parents in Vienna to seek refuge in Britain. They both perished in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
He initially stayed in a Jewish children’s hostel and then lived with his aunt and uncle who had secured entry into the country as domestic servants. After the war, Mr Schatzberger pursued a career as an engineer and after retiring, became a luthier. 
Ms Pollock said he was a “kind and thoughtful man and was adored by the students he met.”
“In addition to forging a successful career, Marc felt it was important to share his testimony with students, so that the next generation could learn from the past. Through the Holocaust Educational Trust’s outreach programme, he spoke in many schools across the north east of England,” she said.
Mr Schatzberger is survived by wife Rosl, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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