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Jews and Other ForeignersManchester and the Rescue of the Victims of European Fascism, 1933-40$
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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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‘Our remaining comrades in Czechoslovakia’: the Manchester branch of the KPD

‘Our remaining comrades in Czechoslovakia’: the Manchester branch of the KPD

(p.193) 9 ‘Our remaining comrades in Czechoslovakia’: the Manchester branch of the KPD
Jews and Other Foreigners

Bill Williams

Manchester University Press

In taking responsibility for refugees from Czechoslovakia, the Quakers were brought into contact with political refugees, Communists and Social Democrats, brought to Britain by the Czech Refugee Trust Fund. Some of them were experienced members of the German KPD who, following the emergence of the Nazi regime, had taken refuge in Prague. Some had been sent on what turned out to be unproductive missions to Germany for just this purpose. Arriving in Britain in 1938, their political skills enabled them to re-group and to work for the rescue of their comrades still trapped in Czechoslovakia. One such group of KPD members, helped by the Quakers, found its way to Manchester, where it sought to provide their comrades with a means of escape. In doing so, they concealed their Communist identities in the hope of enlisting the support of the Quakers and of influential Manchester liberals.

Keywords:   Czechoslovakia, German KPD, political refugees, Nazi regime, Germany, Communists

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