‘I had to face the Holocaust again’

At 17, Sylvia Hurst fled Nazi Germany on the last children’s train, leavibng her family behind. She tells Gavin Engelbrecht about losing her parents in the Holocaust, and living next door to Albert Einstein.

SYLVIA Hurst froze in fear as she heard the carriage door click and lock behind her. A young Jewish refugee fleeing Nazi Germany on one of the last Children’s Transports to leave for London in July 1939, Sylvia had only moments before been confronted by a screaming SS man who was holding a headcount.

“Your name miss,” he had demanded. “Can’t find her name on my list,” a civilian with him said.

The train was for children under the age of 17. Sylvia was 17 and four months. Waiting in trepidation she thought ‘surely they won’t send me back for those four months’.”