Iby Knill The Woman with Nine Lives

The remarkable Iby Knill will be in conversation with Judi Spiers.

An Auschwitz holocaust survivor, Iby Knill was born in 1923 in Czechoslovakia. In 1942, in order to escape Nazi persecution Iby escaped to Hungary where after hiding with relatives she was caught, tortured and imprisoned as an illegal immigrant. In 1944, when the Germans occupied Hungary, Iby was sent to Auschwitz, where she was held in a hut with 250 women. When Dr Mengele asked for nursing volunteers, Iby accompanied a slave labour transport of 530 Hungarian women to Lippstadt. After the war Iby married a British army officer and arrived in Cornwall in 1947 to make a new life and close the door on the past.  For 60 years she hid the horrors she had survived. All that changed when Iby was featured in the BBC One programme My Story, featuring ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Now in her 90s, Iby is determined to share her experiences with future generations.

Iby will be in conversation with radio and TV presenter Judi Spiers.

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Thursday 19th October 12.30pm

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United Church, 49-51 Charles Street

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Adults: £10.00

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