I escaped Hitler’s Germany and built a new life

Posted on December 1, 2013

Judy Benton as a child (second from right) with her family. Her parents later died in Auschwitz

When Hitler came to power, everything changed. By 1938 the Hitler Youth were very visible in my school. Suddenly no one spoke to me – if they did, they got into trouble. I was moved to the back of the class and my desk was painted yellow and said “here sits a dirty Jewish girl”. My work was no longer corrected, and despite being top of my class, I was not allowed to win the first place award – a copy of Mein Kampf.

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