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The Harris House girls
Girls from the Kinder transport in Southport, 1938–1940
in ‘Jews and other foreigners’
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Sensing a lack of enthusiasm from the MJRC, which may well have seen Southport as lying well beyond its realistic sphere of operations, the promoters now converted themselves into the ‘Southport branch of the Movement for the Care of Children from Germany’, for the reception of children from the Kindertransport, and pressed on without Manchester support. On 12 February 1939, ‘Harris House’ was opened and consecrated by Rabbi Dr Silverstone as a hostel ‘for young ladies up to eighteen years of age’. Apart from providing the girls with guarantees and maintaining the hostel, the General Committee of the branch also ‘supervised the welfare of refugee children under private guardianship’and served as a means of liaison with the regional headquarters of the movement, in Manchester.

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‘Jews and other foreigners’

Manchester and the rescue of the victims of European fascism, 1933–1940


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