Seaside haven recalls Holocaust refugees

Millisle Primary School Principal Linda Patterson, with pupils Jasper Robbins, Molly McBride and Jake Donaldson, pictured beside the school's Holocaust Memorial.

Millisle Primary School Principal Linda Patterson, with pupils Jasper Robbins, Molly McBride and Jake Donaldson, pictured beside the school's Holocaust Memorial.

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Principal of Millisle Primary, Linda Patterson, is proud of the wartime role her school played in sheltering Jewish children from Nazi persecution.

In 1939, with war raging in Europe, the seaside school opened its doors to hundreds of frightened new pupils who had been shipped abroad for their own safety.

As part of the Kindertransport programme, Belfast’s Jewish community acquired a farm in rural Millisle where around 300 refugees sought sanctuary over a turbulent 10-year period. Mrs Patterson said the fascinating revelation came to light during a talk by a local historian.

 

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