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Nazi survivor's disgust at swastika flags in Northern Ireland

By Una Brankin

Published 09/07/2015

A Nazi flag on display in Carrickfergus this week
A Nazi flag on display in Carrickfergus this week
Berlin-born Jutta Tyler was dismayed to hear of Nazi flags being erected in her adopted home of Carrickfergus this week
Jutta as a young woman
The crematorium in the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp showing two of the ovens where victims were cremated is seen in this undated file picture. The bodies were slid into the ovens by means of small wagons which ran on tracks. 60 years ago, on January 27, 1945, Red Army soldiers liberated the Concentration Camp in Auschwitz, Poland.
Reproduction of the divorce certificate issued on October, 1954 in Munich, Germany to fugitive German Nazi criminal Josef Mengele and his wife Irene Schoenheim. In 1958 Mengele married his brother Karl's widow Marta Maria Will in Uruguay. The infamous doctor Josef Mengele, also known as the "Angel of Death", carried out particularly cruel medical experiments on Jew and Gipsy inmates of the Auschwitz concentration camp and took part in the selection of thousands of prisoners for their execution in the Nazi gas chambers. He managed to escape from justice at the end of World War II and arrived in Argentina on June 20, 1949 with an International Red Cross-issued passport under the alias "Gregor Helmut". After his 1958 marriage in Uruguay he left for Paraguay and later for Brazil, where he died in freedom in 1979. AFP PHOTO/HO (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)
Reproduction of a part of the death certificate issued on December 26, 1949 in Gunzburg, Germany and legalized in the Uruguayan consulate, of the brother of fugitive German Nazi criminal Josef Mengele, Karl Thaddaus Mengele. The infamous doctor Josef Mengele, also known as the "Angel of Death", carried out particularly cruel medical experiments on Jew and Gipsy inmates of the Auschwitz concentration camp and took part in the selection of thousands of prisoners for their execution in the Nazi gas chambers. He managed to escape from justice at the end of World War II and arrived in Argentina on June 20, 1949 with an International Red Cross-issued passport under the alias "Gregor Helmut". After his 1958 marriage in Uruguay he left for Paraguay and later for Brazil, where he died in freedom in 1979. AFP PHOTO/HO (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)
** FILE ** This file picture of 1956 shows the WWII war criminal Josef Mengele. The Israeli agents who kidnapped Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann from Argentina in 1960 knowingly let the notorious death camp doctor Josef Mengele get away, one of the operatives said Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. Eichmann played a key role in planning the mass murder of Jews during World War II and was hanged in Israel. Mengele was an infamous Nazi doctor at the Auschwitz death camp who carried out horrific medical experiments on prisoners. He was never captured and died in 1979. (AP Photo, file)
** FILE ** This undated file photo supplied by Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld, shows Alois Brunner, once top aide to Adolf Eichmann, who allegedly helped organize the deportation of at least 130,000 Jews from Germany, Austria, France and Greece to the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland and has been reported living in Syria is no longer in the Top Ten of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's most-wanted Nazis list as of April 1, 2008, obtained in advance by The Associated Press. ( AP Photo )
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows SS officers, including several SS physicians, sit around a table drinking at Auschwitz, Poland. Among those pictured are Karl Hoecker,far left, Dr. Fritz Klein, left hand side, end of table, Dr. Horst Schumann and Dr. Eduard Wirths on the right side of the bench, third from the front. The photo is one of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp included in Hoecker's photo album, unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) shows a group of SS officers gathered in front of a building at Solahutte, the SS retreat outside of Auschwitz, Poland. From left, Josef Kramer, Dr. Josef Mengele, Richard Baer, Karl Hoecker and unidentified. The photo is one of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp included in Hoecker's photo album, unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the museum. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows members of the SS Helferinnen, female auxiliaries, siting on a fence railing in Solahutte, a little known SS resort some 30 km. south of Auschwitz on the Sola River in Poland, as Karl Hoecker passes out bowls of blueberries. The photo is one of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp included in Hoecker's photo album and unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
This photograph shows a postcard with a satirical scene from Nazi-occupied Warsaw, hand-painted by art student Michal Porulski in 1940, shortly before he was sent to the Auschwitz and Dachau Nazi death camps. The writing reads, "First they will distribute soup then bread." (AP Photo/Warsaw Museum of Caricature)
Preparations For The 70th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz-Birkenau...OSWIECIM, POLAND - NOVEMBER 13: The railway track leading to the infamous 'Death Gate' at the Auschwitz II Birkenau extermination camp on November 13, 2014 in Oswiecim, Poland. Ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet soldiers are due to take place on January 27, 2015. Auschwitz was a network of concentration camps built and operated in occupied Poland by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Auschwitz I and nearby Auschwitz II-Birkenau was the extermination camp where an estimated 1.1 million people, mostly Jews from across Europe, were killed in gas chambers or from systematic starvation, forced labour, disease and medical experiments. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)...I

A German author who lived through the horrors of World War Two has spoken of her disgust at the flying of Nazi flags in her adopted home town of Carrickfergus.

Former nurse Jutta Tyler (89) was shocked to discover that the provocative banners, featuring swastikas and SS emblems had been erected near a bonfire on the loyalist Glenfield estate in the Co Antrim seaside town.

Berlin-born Jutta Tyler was dismayed to hear of Nazi flags being erected in her adopted home of Carrickfergus this week
Berlin-born Jutta Tyler was dismayed to hear of Nazi flags being erected in her adopted home of Carrickfergus this week
Jutta as a young woman
The crematorium in the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp showing two of the ovens where victims were cremated is seen in this undated file picture. The bodies were slid into the ovens by means of small wagons which ran on tracks. 60 years ago, on January 27, 1945, Red Army soldiers liberated the Concentration Camp in Auschwitz, Poland.
Reproduction of the divorce certificate issued on October, 1954 in Munich, Germany to fugitive German Nazi criminal Josef Mengele and his wife Irene Schoenheim. In 1958 Mengele married his brother Karl's widow Marta Maria Will in Uruguay. The infamous doctor Josef Mengele, also known as the "Angel of Death", carried out particularly cruel medical experiments on Jew and Gipsy inmates of the Auschwitz concentration camp and took part in the selection of thousands of prisoners for their execution in the Nazi gas chambers. He managed to escape from justice at the end of World War II and arrived in Argentina on June 20, 1949 with an International Red Cross-issued passport under the alias "Gregor Helmut". After his 1958 marriage in Uruguay he left for Paraguay and later for Brazil, where he died in freedom in 1979. AFP PHOTO/HO (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)
Reproduction of a part of the death certificate issued on December 26, 1949 in Gunzburg, Germany and legalized in the Uruguayan consulate, of the brother of fugitive German Nazi criminal Josef Mengele, Karl Thaddaus Mengele. The infamous doctor Josef Mengele, also known as the "Angel of Death", carried out particularly cruel medical experiments on Jew and Gipsy inmates of the Auschwitz concentration camp and took part in the selection of thousands of prisoners for their execution in the Nazi gas chambers. He managed to escape from justice at the end of World War II and arrived in Argentina on June 20, 1949 with an International Red Cross-issued passport under the alias "Gregor Helmut". After his 1958 marriage in Uruguay he left for Paraguay and later for Brazil, where he died in freedom in 1979. AFP PHOTO/HO (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)
** FILE ** This file picture of 1956 shows the WWII war criminal Josef Mengele. The Israeli agents who kidnapped Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann from Argentina in 1960 knowingly let the notorious death camp doctor Josef Mengele get away, one of the operatives said Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. Eichmann played a key role in planning the mass murder of Jews during World War II and was hanged in Israel. Mengele was an infamous Nazi doctor at the Auschwitz death camp who carried out horrific medical experiments on prisoners. He was never captured and died in 1979. (AP Photo, file)
** FILE ** This undated file photo supplied by Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld, shows Alois Brunner, once top aide to Adolf Eichmann, who allegedly helped organize the deportation of at least 130,000 Jews from Germany, Austria, France and Greece to the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland and has been reported living in Syria is no longer in the Top Ten of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's most-wanted Nazis list as of April 1, 2008, obtained in advance by The Associated Press. ( AP Photo )
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows SS officers, including several SS physicians, sit around a table drinking at Auschwitz, Poland. Among those pictured are Karl Hoecker,far left, Dr. Fritz Klein, left hand side, end of table, Dr. Horst Schumann and Dr. Eduard Wirths on the right side of the bench, third from the front. The photo is one of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp included in Hoecker's photo album, unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) shows a group of SS officers gathered in front of a building at Solahutte, the SS retreat outside of Auschwitz, Poland. From left, Josef Kramer, Dr. Josef Mengele, Richard Baer, Karl Hoecker and unidentified. The photo is one of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp included in Hoecker's photo album, unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the museum. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows members of the SS Helferinnen, female auxiliaries, siting on a fence railing in Solahutte, a little known SS resort some 30 km. south of Auschwitz on the Sola River in Poland, as Karl Hoecker passes out bowls of blueberries. The photo is one of approximately 116 rare photographs of senior SS officers and Nazi officials at the Auschwitz concentration camp included in Hoecker's photo album and unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (AP Photo/USHMM) ** ONE TIME USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES **
This photograph shows a postcard with a satirical scene from Nazi-occupied Warsaw, hand-painted by art student Michal Porulski in 1940, shortly before he was sent to the Auschwitz and Dachau Nazi death camps. The writing reads, "First they will distribute soup then bread." (AP Photo/Warsaw Museum of Caricature)
Preparations For The 70th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz-Birkenau...OSWIECIM, POLAND - NOVEMBER 13: The railway track leading to the infamous 'Death Gate' at the Auschwitz II Birkenau extermination camp on November 13, 2014 in Oswiecim, Poland. Ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet soldiers are due to take place on January 27, 2015. Auschwitz was a network of concentration camps built and operated in occupied Poland by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Auschwitz I and nearby Auschwitz II-Birkenau was the extermination camp where an estimated 1.1 million people, mostly Jews from across Europe, were killed in gas chambers or from systematic starvation, forced labour, disease and medical experiments. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)...I
A Nazi flag on display in Carrickfergus this week

"It's a very sinister development, in light of the many, many lives taken as a result of the ideology behind those symbols," said Jutta. "I would hate to see those hatreds resurrected after all these years; it is such a retrograde step."

Born and raised in Berlin, Jutta remembers seeing Hitler on the street in her childhood, and innocently joining the female equivalent of the Hitler Youth, with no awareness at the time of the Fuhrer's fascist and racist philosophy.

As a teenager during World War II she experienced the destruction of her native city at first-hand and was forced to flee the advance of the vengeance-bent Red Army.

"My family was separated during the war and I had to go on the run and sleep underground to survive," she recalled, her memory crystal clear. "I remember the original Nazi flags flying over Germany and I do not want to ever see them flying here.

"They are extremely provocative to minorities - and that includes me. I'm German but I was born in a part of Germany that is now part of Poland, and the Polish people I know here, for example, are all kind and hard-working people, who can only be of benefit to this country."

After the war, during the Berlin Airlift, Jutta met her husband, RAF airman Alec Tyler. They married and settled here after Alec's company transferred him to NI. The couple's son Douglas is a social worker.

Now widowed, Jutta lives alone in an apartment near Carrickfergus Castle, and still cycles regularly - despite a recent hip replacement. In 2013 Jutta published her autobiography - Bouncing Back - and a subsequent exclusive interview she gave the Belfast Telegraph was described as "a must-read" on Twitter by former BBC political correspondent Martina Purdy.

"I'm just back from three weeks' holiday in Berlin, which was fantastic, but I am happy to live in Carrickfergus," she said.

"There is so much misery in other parts of the world now, it would be such a pity if bigotry and racism was to spoil life for us here. We don't need this sort of provocation. It is sad, because we have so much to be grateful for."

Bouncing Back by Jutta Tyler can be ordered by calling 028 9332 6163.

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