(In memory of Our Dear Friends of the ‘45 Aid Society who have passed
than 100,000 Jews survived the death camps, slave camps and death
marches of Hitler's Reich. This web site is about 732 of those
survivors; most of them boys, about eighty of them girls. What
these particular 732 have in common, apart from their wartime
experiences, is the journey they made together, after liberation,
from Europe to Britain. They travelled under the auspices of the
Central British Fund, a Jewish organisation which had been active
in helping refugees since the rise of Hitler in 1933.
first group of the 732 youngsters were flown from Prague to Carlisle
in August 1945, the second from Munich to Southampton. A third
group was flown some months later from Prague to various places
in Britain. Later, all three groups were sent to residential hostels
of those who were brought to Britain under this scheme were in
their middle to late teens. All but a dozen of them had lost their
parents, as well as brothers and sisters, murdered between 1939
and 1945, usually in circumstances of the utmost savagery. Almost
all the youngsters had been trapped by the war from the very first
days of the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939. Today
they are banded together under the auspices of their own charitable
organisation, the '45 Aid Society, named after the year in which
the first of them came to Britain.
introduction is reproduced from 'The Boys' by kind permission
of Sir Martin Gilbert.