Save the Children
Susan Soyinka told the story of the evacuation of the Jewish Free School to Cornwall during World War Two and a remarkable story of integration into village life. Ruth Barnett still remembers being forcibly parted from her parents, aged 4, leaving Berlin on a kindertransport to life in rural England and her traumatic post-war return to Germany.
Together they discussed the impact of war and displacement on children.
Ruth Barnett came to England in 1939 on a kindertransport, aged four years. It took ten years before she saw her parents again. She is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and Clinical Director of the Raphael Jewish Counselling Service.
Susan Soyinka has worked as a lecturer, researcher, and educational psychologist. From East End to Land’s End is particularly poignant as at the very time JFS children were travelling to safety, her own aunt Sonya, travelled from Paris to Auschwitz.
Karen Pollock is the Chief Executive of The Holocaust Educational Trust, a charity which educates young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. Having been heavily involved in the Union of Jewish Students and the National Union of Students in her university life, Karen started her professional life working for the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism, where she became Director. Karen has represented both the UK and Britain’s Jewish community at international conferences, including the United Nations Conferences against Racism and is a founding Trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
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