World War II Jewish Evacuees

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Childhood Memories: Evacuees returned to Soham at the weekend, 60 years after spending their wartime childhood in the town. Pictures from left are: Dr Nathan Blau, David Lerner and Professor Sam Shuster
Childhood Memories: Evacuees returned to Soham 60 years after spending their wartime childhood in the town. Pictures from left are: Dr Nathan Blau, David Lerner and Professor Sam Shuster

Evacuees returned to Soham 60 years after spending their wartime childhood in the town. They came back as part of a major research project to recall their experiences for a film recording the 270-year history of their former school.

Dr Nathan Blau and Professor Sam Shuster were 10-year-old pupils at the Jews Free School in Camden in 1939 when they were forced to leave their homes and move to Soham to escape the London bombings during the Second World War. For the next four years they joined hundreds of other youngsters who were evacuated out of the city into East Anglia. A refugee centre in St Mary's Street, Ely also took refugees from Germany, Poland and Czechsolvakia including the father of David Lerner from the Jews Free School who is leading the film project. David said: "Children were scattered all over East Anglia. They went to Isleham, Sutton, Soham, Littleport, even Black Horse Drove.
"Eventually they were consolidated into Old Hereward Hall at Ely's Kings School. They left their families in London but they would see them at weekends and eventually returned home. The refugees left their homes knowing their parents had been murdered and one boy saw his father commit suicide. They knew they wouldn't be seeing them again."

During the filming, funded by a £44,000 lottery grant, David tracked down Soham carpenter, Don Brown, who remembered the evacuated children and how he was taught carpentry by the Jews Free School teacher. He showed the visitors one of the items he made as a child and presented them with a clock inscribed with the name of the school as a memento.

They also tracked down a 93-year-old Sutton resident who remembers teaching the children. He told how as a newly-married man with a three-month-old daughter he went away to serve in the forces, returning when his daughter was six. David added: "I tell the children at the school that many of the youngsters who were evacuated had their education totally disrupted and yet we have doctors and professors. They have all risen to the top of their fields through sheer determination." The evacuees' memories will form a small part of the film which is due to be completed by September and will provide an archive for the 1,500 pupil school. An exhibition recalling some of the evacuees' wartime experiences opened at Ely Museum in March 2002 and runs until October 2002.

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A Novel About the WWII Jewish Evacuation to Soham by Yoel Sheridan

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Tenterbooks; ISBN: 0954081102

The novel "From Here to Obscurity" by Yoel Sheridan recreates the Yiddish speaking East End of London between the wars, and its war time destruction. It also covers in several chapters the experience of evacuees from the Jews Free Central School in East London to the Cambridgeshire villages of Soham, Isleham and Fordham during World War II.

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