In Memorium – Doris Segal

It was with much sadness that we learnt of the death of Doris Segal, who passed away in January 2018.  Doris was born Dorothea (Dorli) Klepperova in June 1932 in Czechoslovakia, the only child of her parents, Siegfried and Gretel.

Concerned by Nazi antisemitism and the annexation of the Sudetenland (the German speaking part of Czechoslovakia), the family managed to leave and came to Ireland in the summer of 1939. Siegfried obtained a permit to work in the hat factory opening in Castlebar, which they learnt about during an Irish trade mission to Czechoslovakia the previous year.

In Ireland, ‘Dorli’ became Doris. Life was very different for the family in their new home where they knew little English and even less Irish. Aged 12, Doris was sent to boarding school in Dublin and her parents followed in 1952. She married Jack Segal in 1958 and had three children, Henry, Michelle and Robert.

Not all of Doris family was lucky enough to escape the Nazis. Siegfried and Gretel were burdened by the knowledge of the fate of so many loved ones who perished in the Holocaust.

Doris remained interested and supportive of Holocaust Education Trust Ireland since it was established in 2005 and she will be much missed. We extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to her children, grandchildren, relatives and friends.