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The Harris House girls: girls from the Kindertransport in Southport, 1938–1940

Bill Williams

in Jews and Other Foreigners

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719085499
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703311 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719085499.003.0012
The Harris House girls: girls from the Kindertransport in Southport, 1938–1940

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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.

Keywords: Nathan Laski; Stockport; Jewish families; Rabbi Dr Silverstone; Harris House

Chapter.  6160 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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