Eric Sanders Celebrates his 100th Birthday

Eric and cake

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:

Eric 100


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 

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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