Scottish Holocaust Survivor Remembers Day Hitler was Defeated
May 7, 2020
Henry Wuga reported to the Daily Record that he was a teenager when he arrived in Scotland as a Jewish refugee who escaped the Holocaust.
Wuga and his wife, Ingrid, were amongst the few who were able to flee Germany on the Kindertransport – a humanitarian program for children and young people fleeing persecution in 1938 and 1939.
Wuga is now 96 and remembers when he left his home city of Nuremberg at the age of 15 on the Kindertransport. Yet he has conflicting memories of Victory in Europe Day (May 8, 1945) the day that Nazi Germany was defeated on. This Friday is 75th anniversary of VE-Day.
“It was a bittersweet time as my mother was still hiding in Germany. You can imagine what it meant to us that the war had ended. It was a unique occasion, fantastic and such a feeling of relief that Nazi Germany had been defeated.” Wuga Said
“It took two years to get permission to bring my mother to live with us in Glasgow.”
Henry left Nuremberg in May 1939 after his mother managed to get him a rare seat on the Kindertransport. After settling in Scotland, Henry later met Ingrid at Jewish refugee club in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street.
On the 75th Anniversary of the VE-Day, Henry and his wife will be celebrating on zoom.
“It’s so important we remember what happened then and celebrate the outstanding occasion of VE Day.” Said Wuga” I think about the sacrifices people made.