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Thank you card

Between December 1938 and September 1939 nearly 10,000 Jewish refugee children were admitted to Britain from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Jewish organisations and Christian groups such as the Quakers raised money to support the scheme.

The children usually left by night from suburban railway stations, taking the train to the Netherlands, a ferry to Harwich, and finally arriving at Liverpool Street station in London. On arrival in Britain most of the children were housed in reception centres while foster families were found. Many of the first refugees went to Dovercourt Bay Holiday Camp, near Harwich. This card was made and signed by the young refugees as a thank you to Mr and Mrs Bond, the camp manager and his wife.

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