Maccabi GB CEO Martin Berliner remembers Harry Bibring who passed away last week.
Our community is blessed with some very special people and Harry Bibring who passed away last week was one of the exceptional ones. If you were fortunate enough to meet Harry he would leave a lasting impression on you. Like many Harry came to the UK on the Kindertransport and he used that experience to became a unique Educator. Harry was an integral part of Team Maccabi GB's Jewish Identity Proramme at the 2011 European Maccabi Games in Vienna. Whilst his many stories are memorable, what stuck with me was his fierce independence, riding around the city on a battery operated scooter at the age of 84. What that told you is that the man was driven and that no hardship was going to stop him educating the next generation of our community. It was little surprise to me that 24 hours before his passing he was in Ireland doing what he did best and loved and that was educating young people about the Holocaust.
Last month, Harry attended the burial at Bushey New Cemetery of six unknown Jews killed in Auschwitz. Along with other survivors Harry was pictured leading the precession, that’s how I will always remember him, as a unique leader of our community a very special one.
Here he is pictured with his son Michael and grandson Lee at the Opening Ceremony.