Re: Ridley Road #unitedkingdom


A dear friend of mine and his mother and brothers managed to get out of Austria the same week the Germans arrived. I do not know if they were on the Kindertransport, but they ended up in Cardiff, Wales, where the three boys, my friend, the eldest, 9 years old, were in foster care for about a year while their mother got settled, got a job, etc.  Their father fought in the British Army.  My friend was so traumatized by this experience that he refused to share his story through the Shoah project, though he shared parts with me over time.  Still, he became a man of the world, living on and off in Israel, fighting in the War of Independence there and eventually moving the States with his American wife.  In other words, one did not have to be in a concentration camp or an internee to be badly traumatized for life. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

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