Throughout the week of 19 - 25 June 2017, thousands of people will be joining together in their communities and schools to celebrate Refugee Week. 

Many of those affected by the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur have rebuilt their lives in the UK after seeking sanctuary here. 

Up to 10,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers arrived in the UK after Kristallnacht in an operation which became known as the Kindertransport.

Martha Blend describes her feelings about participating in the Kindertransport:

‘When my parents broke this news to me, I was devastated: an only child who had never been away from home, to travel to a strange country and to strange people with a different language! It seemed more than my now nine year old self could be expected to cope with. But gradually, as the harassment by the Nazis grew worse, I realised that I had no choice but to go. The day after I arrived in England, waking up in a strange bed in an unfamiliar room made me feel very homesick. However, when you’re young it’s hard to be miserable all the time and my foster mother did her best to comfort me.’

Thriving communities of Holocaust and genocide survivors live in the UK today, and are often at the forefront of HMD activities.

Refugee Week was established in 1998 and aims to deliver positive messages that counter fear, ignorance and stereotypes of refugees through focussing on the contribution made by refugees to our society as a whole today. 


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