Gena Turgel

Polish author and holocaust survivor (1923-2018)

Gena Turgel (née Goldfinger; 1 February 1923[2] – 7 June 2018) was a Jewish Polish author, educator, and Holocaust survivor.

Gena Turgel
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BornGena Goldfinger
(1923-02-01)1 February 1923
Kraków, Poland
Died7 June 2018(2018-06-07) (aged 95)
OccupationAuthor, educator
LanguageEnglish, Polish
GenreMemoir, essay
Notable worksI Light a Candle
SpouseNorman Turgel[1] (m. 1945)
RelativesMiriam Goldfinger, Janek Goldfinger, Hela Goldfinger, Willek Goldfinger

Her memoir, I Light a Candle, was published in 1987. She spent much of her life educating British school pupils about the Holocaust.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lambert, Angela (13 April 1995). "From out of the horror, a love story". The Independent. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  2. "Heartfelt tributes to Gena Turgel: 'A shining light has gone out and will never be replaced'".
  3. Morris, James. "Holocaust memorial: Gena Turgel tells Islington pupils 'it's my duty to tell survival story'".