My mate Eric Sanders (né Schwarz) crossed several countries to reach Britain in the late 30s.
He fought for Britain in WW2, then, as an Intelligence Officer, took part in the deNazification of Germany and Austria.
War work over he became a teacher and spent forty plus years teaching kids in a fairly deprived area of London, and as a staunch socialist taught me and others our trade. He is remembered with great fondness by his ex-pupils and colleagues. He has made a significant contribution to this country.
He's 100 this year. I wonder how many years he would have had if he had stayed in Vienna after 1938 and the Anschluss. If we as a nation hadn't offered him a place of safety.