Kindertransport: Tylers Green Hostel for young Jewish refugees

This article describes two wartime hostels for young refugees who arrived in Britain under the auspices of the Refugee Children’s Movement. One hostel was in Tylers Green, a village near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and the other in Great Chesterford, Essex, ten miles south of Cambridge. Also mentioned is the postwar Freshwater Hostel at 833 Finchley Road, Golders Green, London NWi 1. Tylers Green will be the main focus, however, since this is where the author lived from 1941 till its closure in 1947. The archives of the Committee, now my possession, consist of the minute book, in which the first entry is dated 24 January 1940, and other documents including letters and financial statements beginning in 1941 and concluding in 1946. These will eventually be deposited for preservation in an appropriate institution.

More than 9000 youngsters arrived in Britain between the end of 1938 and the outbreak of War under

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