Britain and the Holocaust

From Hitler to Hi di Hi

Project overview

Surviving freezing weather and worried about their parents stuck in Nazi Europe, hundreds of Jewish children found a warm welcome from carers and local townsfolk in the unlikely location of the Warner’s Holiday Camp in Dovercourt near Harwich.

Though the townspeople gave them a warm welcome, including free tickets to the local cinema, offers of day trips, local friends and donations of food and clothing, the children worried about the fate of their parents left behind in Nazi Europe. They also had to endure a weekly ‘cattle market’ where English families would come to the camp to choose a child to care for.

Free resources:

Digital story boards

A digital exhibition telling the story of the pre-war holiday camp that became a place of refuge for hundreds of refugee children. Covering the historical context, the journey from Europe, the history of and life at the camp

Image gallery

Downloadable resources

Digital story boards

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