"Helen Bamber, whose volunteering to comfort broken survivors of a Nazi concentration camp when she was 19 inspired her to devote her next seven decades to helping more than 50,000 victims of torture in 90 countries, died on August 21, 2014 in London. She was 89.
"...she worked with many patients herself as a psychotherapist — which she became through experience, she said, rather than an academic degree.
"At Bergen-Belsen, where she spent 2.5 years after WWII, Ms. Bamber felt helpless in alleviating suffering, she told The Observer in 2008, but she realized that she could contribute simply by listening to people tell their stories. She promised them she would not let their stories die. 'It took me a long time to realize that that was all I could do' she said."
Hers is an important and moving life. Helen Bamber touched scores of thousands of individuals across the globe Full NY Times Obituary.