Fax led Tracey to meet man saved by grandparents

GRATITUDE: Tracey and husband Bernard Yardley flank Lucia and Bill Pulgram

A SALFORD woman has met a man saved by her grandparents during the Second World War.

In April, Tracey Yardley's uncle, Neville Marks, received a fax from Bill Pulgram, who claimed he had been searching for her family for more than 50 years.

Bill had attempted to flee Vienna to America, but had left it too late to obtain a visa.

Instead, he was sponsored by Tracey's grandparents, Sadie and Morris Marks, to emigrate to Manchester on an apprentice visa to escape the Holocaust.

In Manchester, he was employed as a tailor apprentice by Perfection Outfitters.

"I hadn't been told anything about Bill living with my family while I was growing up," said Tracey, of Broughton Park.

"The first I heard of his existence was when Neville sent a copy of the fax to my father, who forwarded it to me.

"I was intrigued about his life story and noticed that he lived in Atlanta."

By coincidence, Tracey was heading to Atlanta to see her son, Saul, at his third Camp America.

But Bill was due to travel to North Carolina for a family reunion the day after Tracey arrived in Atlanta.

"We got off an eight-hour flight, collected a hire car and drove to his apartment," she said.

"I was excited to meet him, but wanted him to lead the discussion.

"He had printed off the photos I had emailed him before our visit and wanted to discuss in detail who everyone was.

"He remembered my father (Eric Marks) as a two-year-old and my uncle Neville being born.

"His wife told us that she was eternally grateful to my grandparents for allowing Bill to stay with them for 18 months.

"It was an incredibly emotional meeting and I wished my grandparents had still been alive to meet him."

Also in attendance was Bill's son, Christopher, and they connected with his other son, Anthony, via Facebook.

Before receiving a tour of the local area, Tracey and her husband, Bernard, were treated to dinner by 94-year-old Bill and his wife Lucia, 99, at a kosher restaurant.

"When we left he hoped we would come again as he said that he was near the end of his life," Tracey added.

Bill, a former architect, lost his sister and parents at Auschwitz.

Tracey added: "Bill married out due to his apathy for the religion given what had happened to the rest of his family."

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