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Bill Williams

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085499

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085499.001.0001

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‘The Dutch orphans’: war refugees in Manchester

‘The Dutch orphans’: war refugees in Manchester

(p.359) 21 ‘The Dutch orphans’: war refugees in Manchester
Jews and Other Foreigners

Bill Williams

Manchester University Press

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

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