On 27 January each year, Holocaust Memorial Day is marked to remember the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
In partnership with the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) there will be a variety of talks and tours taking place between 11am and 4pm, with a particular focus on memories of the Kindertransport.
This mission took place in the months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Britain took nearly 10,000 children – the majority of whom were Jewish – from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and the Free State of Danzig, and brought them to Britain to be cared for.
The children were sent to homes, hostels, schools and farms across the country, a number of these being in Liverpool, and some of these people will be sharing their stories at the Museum of Liverpool on Sunday.
Fay Healey was born Fay Anszczonowski in Danzig in 1928, the youngest of three children. She came to the UK on the Kindertransport with 70 children from the Danzig Jewish school and was sent by train to live with the Fox family in Liverpool. Fay and her siblings never saw their parents again. Fay stayed with the Fox’s until her marriage in 1961, and now lives in Litherland.
Fay and others like her are part of the AJR, formed in 1941 by Jewish refugees as a self help support organisation for those who had escaped Nazi Europe. The AJR now has nearly 3000 members and serves Holocaust refugees and survivors and their families throughout the UK. Last year Fay and her family went to the AJR 75th Anniversary reunion of the Kindertransport, where they met up with over 800 other Kindertransportees and their families.
It is Fay’s story and others like it that cause us to remember the terrible effects of the Holocaust. Although children brought to Britain on the Kindertransport were saved, many were never to see their families again, losing them in terrible circumstances.
Along with Fay, we will have other speakers attending on Sunday at 2pm to share their personal stories of survival, and how they came to make Liverpool their home.
We’ll also have a talk at 1pm about a special tablecloth which was presented to the Museum by the AJR in 2012. The tablecloth features embroidered names of those AJR members living in the Merseyside area. Dr Sylvia Jayson, widow of the late Professor Gerald Jayson – who came to the UK on the Kindertransport – embroidered the names. Professor Jayson’s family in Berlin sadly did not survive.
Any time you visit the Museum of Liverpool you can now take a self-led trail exploring the city’s Jewish community history on display. The trail is available free from the welcome desk, or you can download it here.