Survivor’s story to be shared at ‘Holocaust and the Home Front’ event at Ramsgate Tunnels

Birkenau, Auschwitz, Concentration Camp Image Ron Porter

A Holocaust survivor’s experiences will be shared at an event at Ramsgate Tunnels next month.

Toby Biber was born in Poland and she would experience Nazism following the invasion of Poland in 1939. She would be sent to ghettos including Krakow, and then shipped to the notorious Plaszow Concentration Camp, whose Kommandant was Amon Goeth.

Toby would then be sent to Auschwitz Birkenau and on to Bergen Belsen.

Toby remained at Belsen until she was liberated. After the war, she would reunite with her two brothers, her only family members that survived the Holocaust. She later married Max, and in 1947, moved to the UK.

The Holocaust Educational Trust is hosting ‘Holocaust and the Home Front’ at Ramsgate Tunnels on Thursday 18th January, 4:45pm-7:45pm, where Toby’s testimony will be shared.

The Trust is partnering with the Association for Jewish Refugees (AJR) and Generation 2 Generation at the event to spread awareness of the Holocaust and Ramsgate’s history during the Second World War.

Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust Samuel Farag said: “The evening will consist of  interesting and thought-provoking talks of the Holocaust by listening to the testimony of a Holocaust survivor, learning about Jewish life before, during and after the Second World War and exploring civilian life during World War Two.”

This is a free ticketed event. Due to the nature of the discussions age restrictions apply with no under 14s and 14 – 15-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult

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Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January each year and is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.


  1. My father was a guard at Belson, once hostilities were over I hasten to add! His regiment had landed in Normandy on D-Day plus 2, so the Germans were fully awake by then. I didn’t learn about this until I was posted to BAOR Germany, about 17 years after the war finished, and my Dad just dropped it in as a small conversation piece, as I was stationed not far from Belson! British troops were used as camp guards to stop the inmates from spreading disease amongst the civil population, and I believe some 13,000 died within the first six weeks of liberation. My dad was a hard man, and seldom spoke of the war, which is no wonder really.

  2. Important to note that the Tunnels are hosting a talk on March 7th about a very local, but mostly unknown, holocaust related story – The Kitchener Camps.
    These camps housed nearly 4000 jewish men bought out of concentration camps in 1938. Then, as now, government had an extremely hostile attitude to refugees, these men were prohibited from working, they got no housing, got no state help and had to leave the UK within a year.
    The outbreak of WW2 was before the 12 months was up so many were interned as aliens or joined the Army.


    • The Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage had this talk a year or so ago. Fascinating and definitely worth hearing.

    • Charles, Toby was born in 1925 as I understand it. Too true, she’ll be 100 in 2025 so is now around 98.
      I can’t see any mention of her death so assume she lives – the old survivor quote comes to mind:
      “Hey Adolf, I’m still here, Where the hell are you?!”

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