The Lissauer family can trace its history back to the mid-1600s. When the Nazi regime came to power in 1934 the family fled Hamburg for Rotterdam and re-established themselves. The Germans occupied Holland while Mark’s father and two brothers were in Britain. Ordered out of Rotterdam, Mark and his mother found shelter in the Jewish community of Lochem before being sent to Westerbork and subsequently Bergen-Belsen, where they saved each other’s lives. On returning to Lochem after the war, they found themselves the only survivors of a Jewish community of 800 people.