‘The Dutch orphans’: war refugees in Manchester

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:
‘The Dutch orphans’: war refugees in Manchester

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Preparations in the north-west for the reception of ‘war refugees’ began immediately after the invasion of Holland on 10 May 1940, with local authorities throughout Lancashire and Cheshire being called upon by the Ministry of Health to provide hospitality for an estimated 20,000 refugees. Interpreters throughout the region, it was said, would be provided by the Manchester Dutch Society. The story of the Dutch orphans is more than a narrative of heroism and salvation, although it is certainly that. It is also a reminder of the tragic dispersal and the destruction of German and Austrian Jewish families.

Keywords: Manchester Dutch Society; war refugee; Holland invasion; Dutch orphans; Austrian Jewish families; German Jewish

Chapter.  10395 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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