Norbury resident Eric Sanders, an Austrian Jewish refugee and the oldest member of the Labour Party has been celebrating his 100th birthday which fell on General Election Day. As well we family events he was feted at the Austrian and on Saturday 11 January at Ruskin House by Croydon North Labour Party. Among the messages sent was a video clip from Angela Raynor, the Labour Party Deputy Leader candidate, who had struck up a friendship met with Eric at a dinner last year. Croydon North MP Steve Reed often asked about Eric when they met in the House of Commons. He also talked about being in a gathering with Eric and some young members of the Austrian socialist party who were visiting Britain. A photo of that gathering can be seen on Marcus Bennett’s Facebook at:
Steve had already highlighted Eric’s birthday on his Facebook:
Other events were with former pupils at the schools where had had taught history:
and at the Austrian Cultural Forum on 9 January.
An event Eric took part in in Austria in 2018 about the Kindertransporte is discussed on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website at:
Eric’s autobiography Secret Operations reviewed by Paul Dennis in Croydon Citizen
Eric has written a two part novel Mazes.
Copies of his books can be ordered from me at firstname.lastname@example.org