Holocaust survivor Pinchas dies

HOLOCAUST survivor Pinchas Kurnedz, who formerly lived in Manchestrer, has died in Israel after a short illness, aged 90.

Born in Piotrkow, Poland, Mr Kurnedz spent his early teens moving from concentration camp to concentration camp, ending up at Buchenwald.

His parents, Sheindel and Yechiel, and his siblings Simcha, Esther and Mendel were killed at Treblinka.

Mr Kurnedz was taken on a death march from Buchenwald and Thereisendstadt, along with three uncles.

He ended up in Prague, from where he came to Britain, taken to the Lake District by the Russians on a Lancaster Bomber in 1945.

The group of Holocaust survivors who ended up in the Lake District became know as "The Boys".

Mr Kurnedz later moved to Manchester, where he met wife Susan (nee Hyman).

She said: "I met him on my 19th birthday at an event called the Blue Ribbon Dance.

"I could see he wanted us to be serious, but I did not want to settle down so we split up.

"I met him again two years later and we got married."

The pair were wed at a synagogue in south Manchester in 1963.

They have three children - Jeremy, Simone and Daniella - plus 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Upon settling in Manchester, Mr Kurnedz worked in an attic on Cheetham Hill Road repairing shopping bags. He later set up a luggage company called Constellation with fellow Holocaust survivors Jack Aizenberg and David Sommer.

Mr Kurnedz and his wife moved to Israel 12 years ago.

Susan explained: "We came after he retired and he really wanted to spend time with the family here.

"He had been working since he was a child, so he just wanted to enjoy himself!

"Pinky loved the beach in Netanya and would always go and drink coffee there."

The funeral took place in Tel Aviv at the Kiryat Shaul Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Ido Patcho.

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