Kindertransport refugee remembered

August 15, 2008

Members of the Birmingham Jewish community gathered at a local churchyard last week to dedicate a memorial plaque to a five-year-old Kindertransport refugee from Prague who died in a bombing raid in December 1940.

Suzanne Marburg had been taken in and adopted by the Lloyds, a non-Jewish family, whose members died with her in the bombing.

They were all buried in the Lloyd family grave at Kingswood Unitarian Chapel, Wythall. Suzanne's mother, who had survived the concentration camps, learned of her fate when she came to England look for her after the war.

The Lloyds' house was rebuilt in 1949 and the current owners, Gill and Laurence Taylor, only recently became aware of its history. They contacted Lionel Singer, chairman of Birmingham Holocaust Commemoration Committee, who has been conducting research into Jews killed in Birmingham during the war.

"I explained Suzanne's background to the vicar and asked if a plaque to commemorate her could be placed in the churchyard and he agreed. I am pleased that there has now been closure for this little girl. It was a mitzvah to do this for her."

Birmingham Hebrew Congregation chief minister Rabbi Yossi Jacobs officiated at the ceremony at which Mr Singer spoke and Lia Lesser - another of the Czech children rescued by "British Schindler" Sir Nicholas Winton - unveiled a plaque.

Mr Singer is now endeavouring to track down other relatives of the little girl.

Last updated: 4:22pm, July 16 2009