The Otto Schiff Housing Association, a charity that supports survivors of the Holocaust, is planning to give away all its assets to other charities and then close down because it believes they are better placed to carry out the work.
The charity, formed in 1984 as an offshoot of the Central British Fund for German Jewry, which was set up in 1934 to provide shelter and care for German Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, has sold seven properties in the past decade. Five of these were care homes and two were sheltered housing for Jewish people.
Mitchell has been a trustee of both World Jewish Relief and Jewish Care. Asked whether this was a conflict of interest, he said it was not, because the housing association was legally bound to give a proportion of the money to World Jewish Relief.
He chose Jewish Care, he said, because it was the largest care provider for the Jewish community and was best placed to deliver the housing association's objects. The money was given on condition that the services it funded gave priority to Holocaust survivors.
Mitchell also said it would have been difficult to justify using the funding for other purposes because there was still a significant need among Holocaust survivors in the UK.
"The money is needed now," he said. "A lot of Holocaust survivors live in difficult situations. Much of the funding has supported a state-of-the-art care facility that supports 100 people, of which between 60 and 70 survived the Holocaust."