A Survivor relives her memories: Edith Birkin (1927-2018) visualising her memories from Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen

Edith Birkin (née Hoffmann) was born into a Jewish family in Prague, Czechoslovakia on 13 November 1927. As a girl of 14, she entered the Lodz ghetto in Poland and three years later was sent to Auschwitz, the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centres. She survived a death march to Flossenbürg Camp and was finally liberated from Bergen-Belsen Camp in 1945. 

On her return to Prague, she discovered that none of her family had survived. Shortly after liberation, she recorded her experiences, later published in 2001 in the form of a novel, 'Unshed Tears', under her maiden name, Edith Hofmann.

In 1946 she settled in England, where she became a teacher, adopted three children and took classes in the History of Art and in Fine Art. Edith Birkin moved to Herefordshire in the 1980s, where she died on 20 September 2018 at the age of 90. Her work is in UK collections including Birmingham Museums Trust, Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, the Imperial War Museum and the Ben Uri collection.


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