Children Who Arrived in Post-War England from Poland
Introduction by Peter Landé
While far less known than the pre-war Kindertransports, the 1945 post-war movement of children survivors is in many ways even more dramatic. Following the initiative of several British Jewish leaders, the British Government agreed in August 1945 to fly out children survivors from an airfield near the Terezin / Theresienstadt camp. Some of the children were Theresienstadt survivors, but others had been brought there from Poland and Hungary. Unlike the Kindertransports, there was no age ceiling.
The reality and this database are quite complicated, and, if possible, should be compared to information from other sources, both pre- and post-war. The “children”, often teenagers, often chose to change their names upon arrival, perhaps to make them more English, or simply to drop a previous false name. They also often changed their dates of birth. This reflected the reality in the camps that being somewhat older meant that one was put into forced labor rather than simply murdered.
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This database includes 1,397 records from a variety of smaller reports. Below is a listing of the specific data sources:
The fields for this database are as follows:
Thanks to Ruth Diamond and Vivian Kahn, who along with Peter Landé compiled these databases from material in collection 188.8.131.52, folder 190 of the International Tracing Service (ITS).
In addition, thanks to JewishGen Inc. for providing the website and database expertise to make this database accessible. Special thanks to Warren Blatt and Michael Tobias for their continued contributions to Jewish genealogy. Particular thanks to Nolan Altman, coordinator of Holocaust files.
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Last Update: 15 Jun 2015 by WSB