Happy 100th Birthday To Fed My Voice Storyteller & Holocaust Refugee Marianne Phillips

The beloved and exceptional, Marianne Philipps, Holocaust refugee and My Voice storyteller today celebrated her 100th birthday on February 14th 2024!

This precious lady is treasured by all of her friends at the My Voice Project who wish her a hearty Mazal tov on this incredible milestone birthday. Ad mea v’esrim!

Marianne first became known to our parent charity The Fed when she signed up as a volunteer in 1997. From there on she supported well over twenty-five families and individuals in the local Jewish community with her inimitable sensitivity, kindness and care – especially working with many people facing loneliness and isolation.

As we got to know Marianne better, we learned that she had gone through the traumatic events of Kristallnacht in November 1938, and that the following August left Berlin on the Kindertransport, bound for England.

In 2017, our My Voice project volunteers began to work with Marianne to record her experiences before during and after WWII. Over the next two years her life story book was completed and ultimately published in 2019.


“This is My voice, My Life” has since been presented to Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem, The Wiener Holocaust Library, Manchester University John Rylands Library and The Israel National Library.

Marianne has spoken to hundreds of school children and students about her experiences during the war years as part of My Voice’s educational aims.

Last year, in recognition of her dedication to Holocaust Education, My Voice together with Yad Vashem UK Foundation, commissioned a bronze bust of Marianne by sculptor Frances Segelman Petchey. This exquisite likeness will remain alongside her book as a lasting legacy of her experiences as a Kindertransport refugee, and an inspirational survivor who made Manchester her home.

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