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Midlife Illuminated

Life, love and laughter in the shadow of Auschwitz

  • S2E45
  • 47:40
  • July 12th 2021

This conversation is one which is engraved on my heart. It's with 92-year-old Eva Neumann, known to everyone as Bobby.

Bobby is a survivor of Auschwitz. Her story is one you'll never forget. It's impossible not to be moved and inspired by her remarkable resilience, humour and lack of bitterness.

Bobby was sent to Auschwitz as a 15-year-old. Her parents and two younger brothers were selected for the gas chambers, while she was put to work.

In this episode, you'll hear the miraculous story of how she came to survive the Holocaust, having been abandoned in a pile of dead bodies - and why she ultimately decided to make the most of the life she had. You'll also hear why Bobby's testimony is needed now more than ever.

This is an emotive episode and please be aware that it contains disturbing content.

Here is a link to a video where you can watch Bobby share her remarkable story. You can also watch her return to Auschwitz with her family.  

You can also find me here:



I've included below translations of a few Hebrew words that Bobby uses, together with the timings of where they appear in the conversation:

18.00 mins: Shul = synagogue

25.28 mins: Levaya = funeral

31.34 mins: Shabbos = the Jewish sabbath

33.56 mins: Chollant = a slow-cooked dish traditionally eaten on the Sabbath lunch.

Finally, here's a link to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum that I mention:

Thank you so much for listening.

Midlife Illuminated

Welcome to Midlife Illuminated!

I’m Suzy Glaskie, Functional Medicine Health Coach and founder of Peppermint Wellness.

I've learnt the hard way how to thrive in midlife. And now I'm looking forward to sharing what I've learnt with you.

I hope that this podcast helps you to rediscover your own light - and start to shine.