A BLUE plaque commemorating the distinguished academic Prof Fanni Bogdanow has been unveiled at Fairfield High School in Droylsden.Fanni was a Jewish girl from Affaltrach in Germany,and came to Britain as an 11-year-old in 1939 on one of Sir Nicholas Winton’s Kindertransport trains, she went on to gain an MA and PhD from Manchester University.
The plaque was unveiled by the Mayor and Mayoress of Tameside and the head girl of Fairfield, Holly Douglas.
Anne McGarry, an old girl of the school, gave a very moving talk about Fanni whom she met a few years ago. Anne’s book “The Girls who Walked Away” goes into detail about the life of Fanni Bogdanov and other Fairfield pupils.
Fanni was taken in by the Clement family of Haughton Green who tutored her so that she could reach the required standard to enter Fairfield. She finished school at 16 and went on to work at Stalybridge Library and at a school in Glossop, whilst also studying in her own time for an external London University course.
After studying in various locations she took on a permanent role as a professor at Manchester University. Her speciality was ancient medieval French texts, especially those relating to Arthurian legend. Fanni died in 2013 aged 86.