Towards the end of the war, Frank Henley, joined the British Army and was sent to Germany where he worked on the front lines arresting Nazi war criminals. In a 1989 interview with Alan Dein, he shared his memories of changing his name, returning to Germany, discovering what had happened to his parents and returning to his life in Britain.Courtesy World Jewish Relief and British Library Sound Archive
In the immediate aftermath of the war, as the horror and scale of the Holocaust was revealed, searching for missing relatives and finding out the details of their deaths was a long and heartbreaking task. Many had to wait years for answers, and some, like Gerda Stein’s father Arnold, were never found.
Ilse, Gerda, Gisella, Lilli, Hannah and Frank (Otto) all lost their parents in the Holocaust. Ruth Peschel lost her brother, Emmanuel. Ken Gardner’s parents and brother emigrated to Central America, and the family were later reunited, although Ken remained in England. Walter Finkler was released from internment at the end of the war, and the Finkler family began rebuilding their lives in Britain together.
All of the children featured in this exhibition were not only saved, they were given a chance for a new life in a new place, away from the horrors and trauma that faced other survivors. After the war were all granted British citizenship. The £50 re-emigration fee each child had to provide to come here, was, in their cases, never needed.
Lilli Krieger with her new husband, Alfred Krieger, who was also a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia. Wiener Library Collections.
‘Even though I’d like to see you, yes, even though I’d like to see you very much, I am content with whatever God wills for me in the knowledge that my children are well.’
Arnold Stein, writing to Gerda Stein from Lwow, 8 November 1940