Survivors recall Lingfield

By Cathy Forman, July 2, 2009

Child survivors of the Holocaust were reunited at the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire to celebrate an exhibition based on their experiences.

“The Journey” recalls the experiences of survivors of Nazi camps who, on their arrival in Britain in 1945, were housed at an orphanage in Lingfield, Surrey.

Theresienstadt survivor Joanna Millan, who was three when she arrived in Britain, said: “Lingfield gave us the opportunity to rebuild our lives.”

She believed that The Journey, aimed at primary school children, had a vital role as it helps “children to understand what happened to us as part of the education process against genocide”.

Dr Stephen Smith, director of the Holocaust Centre, told the 14 survivors: “By sharing your stories with the centre you have helped us to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust live on for future generations.”

The Journey opened in September 2008 and has already been viewed by 10,000 visitors.

Last updated: 2:17pm, July 2 2009