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Arrived in Britain:
Place of Birth:
13 January 1939
Ernest (Ernst) Simon was born in 1930 in Eisenstadt but the family moved to Vienna’s Jewish district after the Anschluss in March 1938. After the violence of Kristallnacht, Ernest was put on a Kindertransport, received by an aunt already working as a domestic in the UK, who also facilitated the arrival of his parents and brother Kurt. After the war Ernest’s parents opened a fine ladies’ handbags shop. Naturalised in 1948, Ernest served two years in the Royal Air Force and having studied Commerce/Economics with languages at Leeds University held various management positions at ICI in, among other countries, Germany and Hungary. Ernest has been involved in the Holocaust Educational Trust for several years, giving talks about his experiences.