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During the 1930s the situation for the Jews of Europe under the Nazis became increasingly difficult and many people tried to leave. Between 1933 and 1939 around 70,000 of these refugees were admitted to Britain, including 10,000 unaccompanied children who came on the Kindertransport. Following World War II some Holocaust survivors came to Britain to try and rebuild their shattered lives.
The museum collects objects, documents, photographs and oral testimonies in order to record and preserve the experiences of refugees from Nazism and Holocaust survivors. One of our most important collections relates to Leon Greenman, OBE, an English-born Auschwitz survivor who devoted his life to speaking about his experiences and campaigning against racism until his death in 2008.