Avril Symon was previously a teacher at Jewish Free School in London. It was here that she met Dr Andor Kӓmpfner, who had come from Israel to establish a Hebrew language department at the school. They married in 1964. She discovered his journal after his death in 1978 but as it was in Hungarian, she was unable to read it until it was translated last year. Avril has since remarried another Holocaust survivor and has been volunteering as a guide at the Sydney Jewish Museum for more than nine years. She volunteers many hours of her time to guide both students and adults through the museum’s Holocaust exhibition.