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He fled the Nazis and became an optician in London. Now he volunteers making glasses to send to Eastern Europe

Harry Heber fled the Nazis in 1938 and came to the UK from Vienna on the Kindertransport.

His parents were also brought to the UK so survived the Holocaust but were so poor they couldn’t afford to have him live with them. Later he became an optician in London and then wanted to give something back to the organisation which saved him and his family, so since retiring, he has volunteered for World Jewish Relief making prescription glasses to send for free to communities in eastern Europe who can’t afford them. 

At the last count (end of 2018), Harry had distributed almost 60,000 glasses to 15 countries. He’s most recently been providing glasses to victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

You can read more about Harry (and his sister Ruth) here.

Contact: Rebecca Singer, Head of Communications and Community Engagement at World Jewish Relief - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 020 8736 1250



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