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Holocaust survivor unveils new plaque at Centre 404

Moshe Nurtman was accompanied by his grandchildren at the Camden Road charity

14 May, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Moshe Nurtman with his sons, from left, Micky, Howard and Saul

A HOLOCAUST survivor and his family unveiled a new plaque to commemorate their donation to a disability rights charity in Holloway on Sunday, writes Emily Finch.

Moshe Nurtman, 95, was joined by his grandchildren at the unveiling at Centre 404 in Camden Road to commemorate the donation he made to the charity decades ago which enabled them to build a hall used by youngsters for events.

Mr Nurtman was born in Poland and managed to escape the Nazis by hiding in the woods but his parents and siblings would all be murdered in concentration camps.

He was offered refuge in the UK after the war and became a successful textile businessman before donating money to Centre 404.
His donation was acknowledged by a plaque that was recently updated after the original accidentally missed out the name of one of his brothers who died in the Holocaust.

“I’ve always wanted to know who Moshe was and I was delighted that my colleague managed to track him down,” said Jean Willson, chairwoman of Centre 404, which supports adults and children with learning disabilities.

“The original plaque missed out the name of his brother Benjamin and his family paid for another to be made which was unveiled this week.

“His family were all there beside them with some flying all the way from Los Angeles to be there.

“It really meant a lot to them and the unveiling was so moving,” she said.

Ms Willson said the plaque was important to commemorate those killed by the Nazis.

“I use it as a reminder to our young staff to never forget history and the thousands of disabled people who were also systematically killed,” she said.

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