THE number was 86711. It was a number Ibi Ginsburg would never forget.
Not a telephone number, nor a credit card number, but one which meant the horrors of the war could never vanish.
She carried it with her until her death last month.
Mrs Ibolya Ginsburg, known to her friends and family as Ibi, had that number printed indelibly on her mind.
It stayed with her for 66 years since the day the Nazis registered her as prisoner No 86711 when she arrived aged 19 with her family at the notorious Auschwitz death camp in Poland.
In recent years, Mrs Ginsburg and her husband Val had talked to thousands of Huddersfield schoolchildren about the horrors of the Holocaust.
She told them how somehow, she and her 13-year-old sister Judith and their father Herman survived the horrors of the camp which claimed the lives of her mother Emily and two youngest sisters, Rachel and Miriam, aged 10 and 7.
They were gassed probably within minutes of stumbling out of the cattle truck which had brought them and thousands of other Jews by train in almost indescribable conditions from their Hungarian homeland in 1944.
Mrs Ginsburg who for some years had suffered uncomplainingly with osteoporosis in her back which caused intense, unremitting pain, died suddenly aged 85 on February 19 at her home in Elland which she shared with husband Valdemar, 87.
The Park Wood Crematorium at Elland was full for her funeral with family, friends and the ever diminishing members of the Holocaust Survivors Association to celebrate the life of a loveable, feisty woman whose indomitable spirit and will to live enabled her to survive.
Mourners included her husband Valdemar – known to his friends as Val – who was born in Lithuania and incredibly survived four years in labour and death camps.
Also there were the couple’s daughters Mandy and Pauline, son-in-law Malcolm, three grandchildren Samuel, Jacob and Amy, Val’s cousin Lady Margaret Kagan and Ibi’s nephew Uri Chamaides, a choral and orchestral conductor who flew over from Milan for the funeral.
Ibi’s sister Judith, who lives in Israel was unable to make the journey.