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Lest We Forget Exhibition (Jewish Refugees)

Birmingham Remembers VE Day

Jewish Refugees

Jewish refugee

Many Jews tried to leave Germany after Hitler came to power in 1933, and in increasing numbers as the full force of the Nazisanti-Jewish policies were felt. A number of these refugees settled in Birmingham, making contacts with the local Jewish community.

Two Jewish entrepreneurs who came from Germany in the 1930 were Eric Weiss and Kossi Strauss, engineers who set up Foseco in Nechells. This foundry company introduced metallurgical processes to this country that were to significantly aid the war effort.

Picture: Jewish refugee 1938. Manchester Jewish Museum

Jewish refugees having tea

In the late thirties the Government agreed to allow children in without visas. This led to the setting up of the kindertransport, bringing special trains of unaccompanied children to Britain in 1938 and 1939. Some 10,000 Jewish children arrived in this way.

image Refugees at the 'Seventy Club'

A number of hostels were established in Birmingham to house refugees. One of these was Elpis Lodge in Gough Road, Edgbaston, which became a hostel for Jewish boys training in industry.

'Lest We Forget' Exhibition
Birmingham Remembers VE Day
Refugees at the 'Seventy Club'