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Accession Number: NEKHC:2009.217.1

Object: Photograph

Physical Description: Photograph; complete

Information:  A Photograph of children who had been liberated from Nazi Concentration Camps and brought to Britain, dancing the Israeli Hora at Lingfield House, England. 

Further Information

This photograph was donated to the Museum by Zdenka Husserl. It is one of a collection of photographs depicting life in Lingfield House. Lingfield House was the name given to two children’s homes established as part of a Home Office scheme to care for some of the children who had been liberated from Nazi concentration camps. The scheme was part of a wider allied effort to respond to the humanitarian emergency at the end of the Holocaust. With many thousands of people displaced and searching for surviving family members, there was a question of how to care for and assist the orphaned or unaccompanied children who had been found in Nazi concentration camps. As part of a scheme hostels were established in Britain for the care of a selected number of the children including at Weir Courtney, and later Isleworth, known as ‘Lingfield House’. The home operated under the auspices of The West London Synagogue Association, and was run day-to-day by Alice Goldberger and a small team of staff who became much loved by the children they cared for. Zdenka Husserl was brought to Britain as part of this scheme after being liberated in Theresienstadt, she has donated this many objects, photographs, and documents, which are now held in the Museum’s collection. Zdenka’s family were murdered during the Holocaust, at the time she was a small child. Her time at Lingfield meant Alice became a mother figure for Zdenka, and she remembers fondly the staff and children who lived there. The children were encouraged to keep pets, play, go to local schools, and practice Judaism. This photograph shows the children dancing the Israeli Hora, a dance Zdenka remembers as often being taught and lead by Sophie, one of the adults who ran the house. On the reverse of the photograph is the stamp of a professional photographer called Erica, who took many pictures of the children including those which were used in the series of reports produced for those who funded and ran Lingfield House. There is also handwriting stating 'wish all my good wishes to you!' Alice Goldberger, 12.8.52. 

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