Polish Jewish schoolchild in Free City of Danzig, 1929-1937; emigrated to GB, 12/1937; evacuee from Liverpool to Chester, GB, 1939-1941
REEL 1 Recollections of childhood in the Free City of Danzig, 1929-1937: family circumstances; Zionist parent's visits to Palestine, 1936; religious character of family; degree of parent's Zionism; education; relations between non-Jews and Jews; Recollections of circumstances of family's emigration from the Free City of Danzig to GB, 12/1937; contrast in policies of Free City of Danzig and German governments towards amount of money Jews could take out of country as migrants.
REEL 2 Continues: family's adjustment to life in Liverpool; lack of anti-Semitism experienced in Liverpool, 1937. Aspects of evacuation from Liverpool to Chester, GB, 1939-1940: evacuation 1/9/1939; reaction of Chester schoolboy to declaration of Second World War, 3/9/1939; visits to Liverpool. Aspects of German Air Force attacks on Liverpool, GB, 5/1941: reaction to air attacks; shelter in cellar during bombing; refusal to believe in possibility of German victory. Aspects of civilian life in Liverpool, GB, 1940-1945: keeping chickens; special provisions for synagogue services in daylight; provision mother made to avoid removal from Liverpool area; continuing education after war; attempts of parents to get guarantees for Jewish relatives from Free City of Danzig so they could get to GB.
One of the most memorable elements of the Holocaust Exhibition is the video testimony by survivors which accompanies visitors along the route. But what happened to the survivors after the Second World War? How did they rebuild their lives in the years that followed their release from Nazi persecution?
As the Allies advanced across Europe at the end of the Second World War, they came across concentration camps filled with sick and starving prisoners. The first major camp to be liberated was Majdanek near Lublin, Poland in July 1944.