Speaker: Dr Martin Stern
Martin Stern was born in the Netherlands just before WW II and arrested aged five years by the Nazis who sent him with his one year old sister Erica to Westerbork prison camp in the Netherlands and then to Theresienstadt (Terezin), a walled town north of Prague which the Nazis used for a deception operation to obscure the true fate of deported Western European Jews. Many died there and all were intended to die. His little friends in Westerbork were gassed in Sobibor or Auschwitz. Due to the actions of a woman prisoner in Theresienstadt, Erica and Martin survived. In 1950 they moved to England. Martin studied medicine in Oxford and became a hospital doctor in Leicester, UK, specialising in immunology. In his retirement he teaches about the Holocaust and genocides at Britain’s National Holocaust Centre and is a member of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Leicester. His special interest is in the relevance of behavioural sciences to the study and prevention of genocide.