Inter­rupt­ed Jour­neys: Young Refugees from Hitler’s Reich

Alan Gill
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By – July 26, 2012
Alan Gill is the author of Orphans of the Empire, about British child migrants. Here he has col­lect­ed, through inter­views and research, sto­ries about the Jew­ish Euro­pean chil­dren, pri­mar­i­ly from Ger­many and Aus­tria, who either escaped to Aus­tralia when World War II threat­ened, or who were sent by their par­ents on the Kinder­trans­port to Eng­land or Aus­tralia to escape the Ger­mans. Some had good expe­ri­ences, oth­ers dis­as­trous, but they did sur­vive. Some old­er teens were sent on the ship The Dunera, and wound up in Aus­tralian intern­ment camps, even though they were Jews, when Ger­many and Eng­land went to war. The Vien­na Boys Choir, non-Jews, who were on tour when the war broke out, remained in Aus­tralia until peace was declared. Inter­rupt­ed Jour­neys reveals not only their remark­able, poignant wartime sto­ries, but also describes how many of these young refugees from Nazism made Aus­tralia their per­ma­nent home. Worth the read. Index, notes, resources.
Mar­cia W. Pos­ner, Ph.D., of the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al and Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau Coun­ty, is the library and pro­gram direc­tor. An author and play­wright her­self, she loves review­ing for JBW and read­ing all the oth­er reviews and arti­cles in this mar­velous periodical.

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