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Helen Bamber dies at 89; tireless activist for torture victims
Helen Bamber dies at 89; tireless activist for torture victims

Helen Bamber's father read to her as a child in pre-war Britain, but there was nothing warm or comforting about the experience. He read passages from Hitler's anti-Semitic treatise "Mein Kampf" and articles by Hitler's chief propagandist, Joseph Goebbels. He wanted his only child to understand "how language could be corrupted" to obscure evil intent. And he was warning her of the terrors ahead for Jews like them. "I was well aware that we would be annihilated," Bamber later recalled. "By the time I was 10, I knew it all." By 20 she knew what she had to do. She went to Germany to aid Holocaust survivors. They poured out their...

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