Alex Schweitzer obituary

My father, Alex Schweitzer, who has died aged 81, was an architect who specialised in public housing and worked for Islington council in north London for many years. After taking early retirement he used his architectural expertise to refurbish and adapt a group of old buildings in south-east London for use as a community theatre and exhibition centre specialising in reminiscence, which was run by his wife, Pam. The youngest of five children, Alex was born in Berlin at the outset of the second world war. His father, Kurt, who was Jewish, had been sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp a year earlier. Alex’s mother, Jutta (nee Reicke), who was not Jewish and came from an influential family (her father had been mayor of Berlin), managed to arrange for Kurt’s release, and he escaped to Britain with two of his children, a daughter and a son, before Alex was born. Continue reading...

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