In 1896 Phyllis’ parents moved from Russia to Britain hoping for a life in which they would have freedom to practise their religion of Judaism. They had six children and Phyllis was the youngest, so was nicknamed ‘The Baby’. She reflects on her youngest years when her brother played tricks on her, dreams of becoming a teacher, and memories of the Second World War.

Phyllis recorded this story for A Grand Life, Heard – a project which aims to amplify the voices of older people and to reconnect communities following periods of isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. We invite you to listen to the lessons contained within their story.

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