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German Jewish children in England

Appeared in GEO, Dec. 2010

Von Autor Bernd Hauser

In 1938 and 1939, 10,000 Jewish children left Germany for England, expecting to live in castles and dress like Sherlock Holmes. Most naively assumed they would see their parents again.

An elderly woman recalls her evacuation from Nazi Germany. An SS man stole her watch on the train. Her host family expected her to work as a household servant. After a month, she fled for the freedom of London. At 14, she became a devoted communist. Returning to East Berlin in 1947, she soon succeeded in finding the last remaining traces of her parents: Their best furniture, in the neighbors’ apartments …