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Fredi, now aged 85 and called Fred Austin, escaped the claws of Nazi repression but Saucony Tan
He said: "My sisters were deprived of education and they were later moved into a ghetto. My mother lost her shop and they were forced to wear a yellow star when walking in public. They didn't get much to eat, and what they did get was a loaf of bread and soup. If they wanted fuel for the room they had to cut up furniture. I later found out Ilse worked in a community canteen. It was not a pleasant life."
Two days later Saucony Atlantic Tide Fredi Stiller was rushed out of his country of birth by his widowed mother Ruzena. The10 year old boy took the place of an older boy from Vienna who was not allowed to leave German occupied Austria, boarded a train and then a boat to embark on a new life with a family in England.
"She was kind enough to my mother that she let me take her son's place. Arrangements were made for me to Saucony Sneakers Mens
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go with this unknown England school master who would come at Easter holiday and take a boy with him he did not know that boy was me."
On March 18, 1939, Mr Austin heard German troops entering his town and two days later his mother took him to Prague to get his passport stamped and open the way for his journey to England. He said: "On March 28 my mother put me on the train and I looked out the window and there was my mother standing on the platform waving a white handkerchief. That was the last time I was to see her."
Mr Austin was born into his Jewish family in northern Czechoslovakia. Mr Austin said: "My mother must have been alive to what was going on around and she must have been getting worried.
Mr Austin was looked after by the Englishman, called Philip Austin, and was schooled at Hastings Grammar School. He later went to Leicester University where he met his wife Margaret and went to teach at Birmingham's King Edward's Five Ways School. Later he became headteacher at Dudley Grammar School before retiring in 1985.
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He said his family were taken to Treblinka concentration camp on October 1 or 2, 1942. They were killed days later and their bodies cremated in ovens. His mother was aged 47, Ilse was 21 and Trude 18. Speaking about his own life, Mr Austin, who has four adopted children including Dudley North MP Ian Austin, said he considered himself to now be British. Mr Austin has written a book about his experience. It is called Czech and Mate and is published by Studley based Brewin Books.
his mother and two older sisters Ilse and Trude were not so lucky. The trio died together in a gas chamber at the Treblinka extermination camp in Poland on October 5, 1942.
in Stourbridge, Mr Austin MBE said: "If I hadn't have been sent to England I would have been there on October 5, 1942, and that would have been the end of me."
"So at the beginning of 1939 she had a telephone call from a friend in Vienna to say 'I have got an arrangement with an English school headmaster to fetch my son to England, but he is 15 and the Germans won't let anyone over 14 leave the country'.
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