The 'Belsen boys' who moved to Ascot; Central British Fund

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    The 'Belsen boys' who moved to Ascot
    Shortly after the end of World War Two a group of young Holocaust survivors was flown to the UK to recuperate. Thirty of them were housed in the Berkshire town of Ascot, famous for the pomp of the Royal Ascot horse races, where they made an incongruous sight, writes Rosie Whitehouse.


    The 'Belsen boys' who moved to Ascot
     
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  2. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    This website tells the story of the Windermere Boys, three hundred child Holocaust Survivors closely connected to the Lake District in Cumbria, UK. They stayed on the 'lost' wartime village of Calgarth Estate in 1945, an estate that was located at Troutbeck Bridge near Windermere.

    LDHP Permanent Exhibition - Lake District Holocaust Project
     
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  3. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    I think there were a few girls there as well :)
     
  4. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    Re.

    (A recent BBC audio - in the "Open Country" series)

    BBC Radio 4 - Open Country, The Windermere Boys

    The Windermere Boys
    Open Country
    Helen Mark tells the story of the ‘Windermere Boys’, 300 child holocaust survivors who found rehabilitation and a new life in the Lake District nearly 70 years ago.
     
  5. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    BBC One - Who Do You Think You Are?, Series 15, Robert Rinder

    https://www.thejc.com/culture/tv/ju...o-do-you-think-you-are-robert-rinder-1.468165
    "During the programme, he retraces his grandfather’s steps by travelling to Piotrkow, Poland, where Morris was born, through to Buchenwald in Germany and finally to Windermere in the Lake District.
    ...
    He is keen to mention the UK’s role in his grandfather’s story. Through a Jewish charity called the Central British Fund, Morris was one of the 300 orphaned refugee children housed in Windermere after the war. As a result, throughout his life in England, Morris retained “a complete love of his country and democracy under the rule of law.”"



    From the Holocaust to Lake Windermere
     
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  6. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    BBC iPlayer - The Windermere Children

    BBC drama: Broadcast 27 Jan 2020

    "August, 1945. A coachload of children arrive at the Calgarth Estate by Lake Windermere. They are child survivors of the Nazi Holocaust that has devastated Europe’s Jewish population. Carrying only the clothes they wear and a few meagre possessions, they bear the emotional and physical scars of all they have suffered.

    Charged with looking after them is Oscar Friedmann, a German-born child psychologist. He and his team of counsellors have just four months to help the children reclaim their lives. By the lake, in sunshine and rain the children eat, learn English, play football and ride bikes. They yearn for news of their loved ones every day, and meanwhile they are invited to express their trauma through painting. Some locals taunt them but they are embraced by others. A number of the older children steal and they are haunted by nightmares. Nevertheless, it is in this environment that they begin to heal.

    Eventually, letters from The Red Cross arrive with the terrible confirmation that for nearly all the children their siblings and parents have been murdered. One child, however, is convinced that his brother survived.

    The Windermere Children is the stark, moving and ultimately redemptive story of the bonds they make with one another, and of how the friendships forged at Windermere become a lifeline to a fruitful future. In the absence of relatives, they find family in each other
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  7. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    There were actually 732 child survivors from the camps who were flown to Britain. Some had survived only because the Luftwaffe specified the use of child slave labour for making fiddly parts and this saved them from the gas chambers. The expert on the use of child forced labour is Professor Dieter Steinert currently at Wolverhampton University. Dieter was supervisor for my MA dissertation. He has built up a significant body of personal accounts by survivors. For a good general account of the children who came to Britain read The Boys by Sir Martin Gilbert
     

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