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The Repair Shop viewers left sobbing over poignant fix for emotional guest

Fans praised the 'incredible' repair

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Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
May 19, 2022
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The latest instalment of The Repair Shop left fans "sobbing" after the team restored a very special item on the show that left one of their guests in tears. 

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Guest Gary Fischer was welcomed onto the show, bringing with him a Jewish prayer book that belonged to his Jewish grandparents, who lived in Vienna during the outbreak of the Second World War.

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Gary revealed that in 1938 his father was evacuated to the UK, while his grandparents were taken to a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, named Theresienstadt. He explained that because Theresienstadt was a "show" camp, which aimed to show outsiders proof of fair treatment towards Jewish people, his grandparents were allowed to keep their prayer book.

However, just a mile up the road, his great-grandparents, his grandfather's sister and a 10-year-old nephew were all kept in a separate concentration camp and killed in a gas chamber. Gary held back tears as he showed the experts a page of signatures from campmates in the book and read out a poem his grandfather had written. 

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Book-binder Christopher Shaw got to work and managed to restore the prayer book, prompting Gary to break down in tears. 

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Viewers were in tears over the poignant fix

Viewers were left emotional by the reveal, with one person tweeting: "The prayer book has to be one of the most special repairs ever. Sobbing - May we never forget," while another added: "I honestly don't know how they keep theirselves together, I'm in tears …every show! The prayer book tonight, just incredible."

A third person commented: "An especially moving episode of #therepairshop this evening," while another praised the incredible repair: "#TheRepairShop really upped their game this series. That prayer book was outstanding. Radio and horse game also great stories. All three could be made into films I'd watch!" 

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Guest Gary was moved by Christopher's repair

Even Pointless star Richard Osman was moved by the special moment, tweeting: "Oh man, #TheRepairShop has me in floods of tears once again," prompting a fan to reply: "Richard is absolutely right. Most #TheRepairShop stories are emotional but today's prayer book was an order of magnitude above."

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