Holocaust Memorial Day

Jewish Refugees, Harry Levine Album 1942

Jewish Refugees, Harry Levine Album 1942

Sunday 27th January 2013 is Holocaust Memorial Day.

This image features a group of Jewish Refugees in Birmingham, including a young child, fleeing the Nazi Holocaust.

After the infamous night of the ‘Kristallnacht’ in 1938, every Jew in Germany was living in fear of being arrested and sent to concentration camps by Hitler’s Nazi Gestapo. At this stage, the British Government decided to intervene and help the plight of Jewish children – in some cases left homeless, without their parents and families. Families in Britain were asked to provide emergency accommodation for children at risk.

More details about this and other images and resources can be found on our Connecting Histories website.  Although we are closed to the public preparing for our move there are lots more resources available online, including a research guide about the history of refugee movements.

Rachel MacGregor

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