BBC The Repair Shop viewers applaud ‘brilliant’ guest

Posted on May 19, 2022

The Repair Shop viewers have applauded a “brilliant” guest who had them in tears within minutes after sharing his family’s experiences during the Holocaust. Gary Fischer brought in a Jewish prayer book to the shop experts, telling them, “it’s falling apart.”

He hoped book-binder Christopher Shaw could help secure it and restore what could be restored. The prayer book belonged to his Jewish grandparents, who lived in Vienna at the outbreak of the Second World War.

Mr Fischer told Shaw and presenter Jay Blades that his father Harry was sent to the UK on a Kindertransport in 1938 – the evacuation routes designed to save children from persecution by the Nazis, but the children had to leave their whole family behind.

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