Peter Briess was one of the few to escape the clutches of the Nazis after they occupied Czechoslovakia in March 1939.
Three months later his father secured exit visas for the family, after signing their family home in Olomouc over to the Germans.
Tragically, Peter never saw his grandparents, aunts or uncles again.
But while little remains of the town’s once thriving Jewish community, Mr Briess had cause for celebration last weekend. Now aged 86, he travelled back to his birthplace with his sister Hana and nephew Daniel for a uniquely moving ceremony.
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