ACJR                                                                                                                                                                                             Association of Children of Jewish Refugees formed in 1985, welcomes all Second Generations, mostly London-based social activities: socials, meals out, talks, discussions, second-night Seder, summer barbecue, visits to theatre, concerts, films, places of interest.                                                                                                                                                                              

AJR                                                                                                                                                                                                 Association of Jewish Refugees. Founded in 1941, offers services to all generations, refugees and survivors nationwide: Social Work service, financial assistance to those eligible, assistance making restitution claims, regional ‘Continental Friends’ groups and other social events.                                            T: 020 8385 3070

Austria: Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance                                  contains Austrian Victims of the Holocaust Database with more than 63.200 names of victims and their fate.                                    Address: Altes Rathaus, Wipplingerstr.6-8, A-1010 Vienna
T: 0043-1-22 89 469/319        E:

Austrian Embassy London                                                                                  The Social Attachee can answer queries about Austrian pensions, she is very helpful.                                                                                    Address: 18 Belgrave Mews West, London SW1X 8HU           T: 020 7344 3250

Jewish Welcome Service, Vienna provides:                                                        Assistance to visitors from Austria and abroad; links with ESRA; IKG Wien (Jewish Community of Vienna),  IKG archive; Jewish Museum Vienna; National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism / General Settlement Fund (ie restitution programmes); Vienna city and provincial archive; Vienna Tourist Board.                                                                                                Address: Judenplatz 8 / 3rd Floor / Top 8, A-1010 Vienna
T: 0043(1)535 04 31-500                      E:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ESRA, Vienna                                                                                                                                                                                    A ‘psycho-social’ centre, founded in 1994 as a consulting and treatment interdisciplinary centre for survivors of Nazi persecution and their descendants. ESRA also supports more recent Jewish immigrants and their families to Austria. It serves the whole Jewish population of Vienna. Enquiries from the UK are welcome.
Address: Tempelgasse 5, A-1020 Vienna, Austria                T: 0043 1 214 90 14    E:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bad Arolsen, the International Tracing Service                                                                                                                                In 1943 on the initiative of the Allied Forces HQ at the British Red Cross in London, the Dept of International Affairs changed into a Tracing Bureau which started to trace and register missing persons.Tracing, clarifying the fate of missing persons, providing relatives with information found and on compensation issues are still ITS’s main tasks. In November 2007 the archive opened to research. Any survivor can ask to see records held at Bad Arolsen about them, or the next-of-kin of a deceased survivor. An application form can be downloaded. Appointments are needed if you wish to visit. See related article under Second Generation Voices. Opening hours: Mons to Thurs: 8:00am – 5:00pm,  Fris: 8:00am – 1:00pm                                                                            Address: Große Allee 5 – 9, 34454 Bad Arolsen, Germany                                                                                                                      E:              Tel: 0049 (0)5691 629-0              

NB: The Wiener Library in London (see below) is now linked with Bad Arolsen, and can assist with searches.

Beth Shalom Holocaust Education Centre, Laxton, Notts                                                                                                           Beth Shalom, England’s only Holocaust museum and memorial centre opened in 1995. It promotes understanding of the roots of discrimination and prejudice and the development of ethical values, leading to a greater understanding within society. It uses the history of genocide as a model of how society can break down and emphasises how current and future generations must carefully examine and learn from these tragedies. The Centre promotes respect for human rights, equal opportunities and good citizenship, which has greater resonance than ever in our culturally diverse society.
A range of facilities are provided for people of all backgrounds to explore the history and implications of the Holocaust: the Holocaust exhibition for adults or older children; The Journey (about Kindertransports) suitable for primary-aged children; memorial gardens, book- and coffee shop. There are seminar and research facilities for students, teachers, scholars, professionals and others. Holocaust survivors from a variety of backgrounds give talks on Sundays. Booking is advised.                                                    Tel. 01623 836627             E:                                                     Address: The Holocaust Centre, Laxton, Newark, Notts NG22 0PA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Beyond Camps and Forced Labour Conference   
held every other year in London since 2006, looking at the latest research.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Birmingham  Jewish Community Care                                                                                                                                     Founded in 1828, BJCC was initially known as the Jewish Welfare Board. Its work was caring for newly arrived immigrants from Eastern Europe. As the community grew post-1918, the need increased for facilities to care for sick and older people. Homes were therefore acquired; finally a purpose-built care home, Andrew Cohen House opened in 1994. In 2009 the administration moved to Stirchley. In 2010 BJCC built the Aubrey and Betty Lynes Centre next to Andrew Cohen House, so all facilities were on one site. Now included is Silverstone Court, a sheltered housing block run by Birmingham Jewish Housing Association.
BJCC runs a twice weekly luncheon club, a meals on wheels service, monthly film show and the ‘Café 4 Joy’ meeting place. BJCC’s Social Care department offers practical assistance and support to all in the Community.                                           Address: Bill Steiner Suite, River Brook Drive, Stirchley, Birmingham, B30 2SH                                                                                         Tel: 0121 459 3819                                                                                                                                                                                                

Child Survivors Association of Great Britain – AJR                                                                                                                            Founded in 1995, the CSAGB-AJR is a self-support group for child survivors of the Holocaust and their partners. Membership is open to those of Jewish heritage who lived under Nazi occupation Sept 1939 – 1945 and who were 16 years and under at the end of WWII. Membership includes children who survived in ghettos, in hiding, on the run and in camps. They were born in places as far apart as Antwerp, Berlin, Krakow and Kiev. In 2007 the CSAGB became a special interest group of the AJR.                                                                                               

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. (Claims Conference)
On September 10 1952 the Claims Conference and the West German federal government signed an agreement embodied in two protocols. No 1 called for the enactment of laws to compensate Nazi victims directly for indemnification and restitution claims arising from Nazi persecution. Under No 2 the West German government provided the CC with DM 450 million for the relief, rehabilitation and resettlement of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution, according to the urgency of their need as determined by the Conference.                                                                                                                                                                                          The Claims Conference allocates funds to institutions providing social services to elderly, needy Nazi victims and to engage in Holocaust research, education and documentation.The mission of the CC has always been to secure what it considers a small measure of justice for Jewish victims of Nazi persecution, including the return of Jewish property lost during the Holocaust. Since negotiations with the CC from 1952, the German government has paid more than $70 billion in indemnification for suffering and losses resulting from Nazi persecution. CC negotiations have also resulted in the creation of funds from German and Austrian industry, as well as the Austrian government.                                                                                                                                             Address: Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Inc (Claims Conference)                                                                                 1359 Broadway, Room 2000, New York, NY 10018

Czech Embassy                                                                                                                                                                                   Address: 30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY       E:          Tel: 020 7243 1115

’45 Aid Society Second Generation:                                                                                                                                                     represents the children and grand-children of Holocaust survivors who survived the ghettos and concentration camps or were in hiding in Nazi-occupied Europe during the Second World War. After the war, a particular group of young survivors left eastern Europe together. Many eventually settled in the UK, others in North America, Australia and Israel. They retained strong contacts and are known collectively as the ’45 Aid Society (‘The Boys’). Their children set up this website.
“Our parents have deputed to us the responsibility of guarding their testimony, of bearing vicarious witness to their life stories and of remembering the lives that were destroyed. To keep alive the memories of events from the Holocaust, people must be reminded of the facts. The best way to send this message is through the people who survived and have told their story.                                            The ’45 Aid Society keeps these stories alive with community events, educational activities and fund raising. Through the website, it is hoped to encourage the Second Generation to maintain contact, to participate in remembering the past, teaching its lessons, so that such a terrible event can never be repeated. We celebrate our lives and the lives of our families as a constant memory to the 6,000,000 who died. We celebrate the achievements of the survivors in building strong families and communities, and their triumph of hope over adversity”.                                                                                 

Germany Embassy                                                                                                                                                                                  Address: 23 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PZ             Tel: 020 7824 1300 

German Welfare Centre
advises on pension matters and helps with questions in regards to payments to 1st Generation people who have lived in Germany. There will have a reduced service June – August 2013 (due to maternity leave). Best is to email/ or to leave ansa message.  Office hours: 9am-5pm, but no set phone answering hours. Doreen Heinecke works alone and also sees clients, so may be occupied
Address: 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL
Tel/ Fax: 020 7262 2463           E: 

HET, Holocaust Education Trust, London                                                                                                                                       The HET works with schools, colleges and communities across the UK to educate about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. The Trust aims to combat antisemitism, racism and prejudice by delivering innovative educational and teacher training programmes and producing resources such as the BAFTA award-winning Recollections DVD.                                                   Address: Holocaust Educational Trust, BCM Box 7892, London WC1N 3XX          Tel: 020 7222 6822 

Holocaust Survivors Centre, London                                                                                                                                                 part of Jewish Care; services for refugees and survivors living mostly in London and surrounding areas who came to the UK after Kristallnacht, November 1938.                                                                                                                                                                  Address: Church Road (Corner of Parson Street), London NW4 1QA                        T:  020 8202 9844

Imperial War Museum                              The Holocaust Exhibition at IWM traces Nazi persecution 1933 to 1945. Showing the turbulent political scene in Europe after the First World War, it describes the rise of the Nazi party and how Europe-wide antisemitism made a fertile seedbed for Hitler’s anti-Jewish beliefs. It also covers the perversion of science to support Nazi race theory, the isolation of German Jews, the refugee crisis and the advent of so-called ‘Euthanasia’ policies in 1939. Photographs, documents, newspapers, artefacts, posters and film track the history with toys, diaries, photograph albums, storybooks and hand-made mementos revealing people’s efforts to survive. Testimonies are included from 18 survivors.           See also Beyond Camps and Forced Labour Conference, above.                     Address: Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ                                Tel: 020 7416 5000                    

IWM North                                                                                                                                                                                              IWM North opened in 2002 housed in Daniel Libeskind’s iconic building representing a globe torn apart by conflict. It contains small permanent relevant exhibitions, including during 2013 Second Generation Chava Rosenzweig’s installation: A Star Shall Stride.        Address: The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester M17 1TZ       Tel: 0161 836 4000

Jewish Book Week nationwide                                                                                                                                                         Annual festival held in early March includes contributors from across the globe; programme always includes presentations of relevance. Schedule of seminars and workshops in London, a few of which visit Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester.                 Address: ORT House, 126 Albert Str, London NW1 7NE        Tel: 020 7446 8771

Jewish Care Scotland                                                                                                                                                                           Address: The Walton Community Care Centre, May Terrace, Glasgow G46 6LD     Tel :0141 620 1800

UK Jewish Film Festival                                                                                                                                                                       UK Jewish Film is a charity dedicated to developing an environment in which Jewish themed films entertain, educate and enlighten diverse audiences in the UK and internationally. The programme includes some films of particular relevance.                                   Tel: 020 3176 0048   E:

Jewish Geneological Society of GB                                                                                                                                                 The Jewish Genealogy Society of Great Britain – JGSGB – was founded in 1992 for beginners and experienced researchers to: help one another to learn and discover more about genealogy; encourage genealogical research; promote the preservation of Jewish genealogical records and resources; and share information amongst members. Regional Groups hold regular local meetings and activities in: SW London, The Chilterns (The Home Counties to the North and West of London, namely Middlesex, Herts, Bucks, Beds and Berks), East of London and Western Essex, Manchester, Leeds, Midlands (based in Birmingham), SE Essex. JGSGB Library: non-members are welcome to visit the Library and Resource Centre, use the computers and CDs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jewish Historical Society of England                                                                                                                                                 The oldest historical and learned society of its kind in Europe, founded 1893, based in London, has active branches in a number of centres and meets regularly with lectures on a wide range of subjects relating to Anglo-Jewish history and publishes its biennial transactions known as Jewish Historical Studies.                                                                                                                               Address: The Jewish Historical Society of England, 33 Seymour Place, London W1H 5AP E:     Tel: 020 7723 5852

Jewish Music Institute                                                                                                                                                                           JMI is the home of Jewish music in the UK,  dedicated to the celebration, preservation and development of the living heritage of Jewish music for the benefit of people of all ages and backgrounds. Its aim is to inform and inspire audiences with an exciting original programme of live performances, educational events and collaborative projects and to support musicians playing Jewish music across the UK. KlezFest London offers an intensive one week workshop in klezmer music for all levels of instrumentalists from amateur to professional.                                                                                                                                                                  Address :Room 536, The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG                              Tel: 020 7898 4307        

Jewish Renaissance: Magazine of Jewish Culture                                                                                                                                 a quarterly magazine which presents Jewish culture in a lively, colourful and accessible way. The magazine includes a three-month cultural events listing and community profiles which may be of interest to Network members, back copies available.          Address: Renaissance Publishing Ltd, PO Box 28849, London SW13 0WA

Reunion of Kindertransporte – RoK, UK 1987-2002                                                                                                                          Papers on the ROK are  held at the Wiener Library, London, see below: Reference Number(s) GB 1556 WL 1368.  The ROK newsletter is still published via AJR (see above).

KTA, US                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Kindertransport Association (KTA) is a not-for-profit organization that unites these child Holocaust refugees and their descendants. The KTA shares their stories, honours those who made the Kindertransport possible, and supports charitable work that aids children in need. A conference is held every other year, the next one will be in 2014, UK Second and Third Generation are welcome, along with the First Generation. The location of the conference changes each time it occurs.                         

Klezfest, London:  see Jewish Music Institute

Kleznorth, Youlgreave                                                                                                                                                                 KlezNorth is a Klezmer weekend, held in Match at Youlgreave, Derbyshire. A variety of instrumental workshops, dance sessions and workshops, jam sessions, Yiddish song workshops and opportunities to learn about the historical context of Klezmer. It is an opportunity for people to get together and have some fun, and learn in an open, friendly environment.

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre                                                                                                   The Centre, built by LJWB in partnership with Leeds Jewish Housing Association opened in 2005. It contains the offices of both organisations. Next to it are 40 new flats for people needing support, with more being completed. The vision was to build for the future of the whole community. A wide-ranging programme of activities and events for all ages and tastes is provided, including the only Kosher restaurant in Leeds. There are meeting spaces for the entire Jewish community, whatever their age, income or religious affiliations.                                                                                                                                                                                     Address: The Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Community Centre, 311 Stonegate Road, Leeds LS17 6AZ                                                       LJWB: T: 0113 268 4211   E:           LJHA Ltd‎    T: 0113 203 4910          E:‎

Leeds Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association
The HSFA is a Leeds-based charity set up in 1996. Its aim is to preserve the memory, testimony and records of Holocaust survivors based in Yorkshire for research, teaching and learning. HSFA uses the lessons from members’ experience to work towards a more tolerant society in which difference and diversity are celebrated. The organisation is run by a team of committed volunteers. Membership is open to all who share HFSA’s aims. Members regularly visit schools, colleges, universities, community groups and other organisations to give living witness accounts of their personal experiences as refugees, hidden children and survivors of Nazi concentration and death camps. In addition HSFA provides advice and guidance to a wide range of organisations holding their own Holocaust-related events and activities.                                                                                                           Address: Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association, 411a Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS17 7BY                     

Leipzig Jewish Week, June                                                                                                                                                 the 10th Jewish Week was opened by the Mayor, the Israeli ambassador and the head of the Leipzig Jewish community. Former Jewish residents and their families are welcome to attend a week of cultural events.                                                                     Address: Kulturamt Stadt Leipzig, Neues Rathaus, Martin-Luther-Ring 4-6, 04109 Leipzig, Germany                                    

Limmud                                                                                                                                                                                                 nationwide: a charity dedicated to Jewish learning in all its variety.                                                                                             Regional Day Limmud events take place in:

Thames Valley, Cambridge,  Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds                                                                                                                                 Conference: in December each year, in Birmingham.                                                                                                               T: 020 3115 1620         E:           Address: 1A, Hall Street, North Finchley, London N12 8DB

London Jewish Cultural Centre                                                                             
The aim of the Centre’s Holocaust and Anti-Racism Education Department is to fight prejudice and bigotry through education. In 2011 the LJCC launched a Holocaust education website for secondary school  Address: Ivy House, 94-96 N End Rd, London, Greater London NW11 7SX
Tel: 020 8457 5000

Manchester Jewish Federation                                                                                                                                                           social work, sheltered and residential care services                                                                                                                       Address: Heathlands Drive, Prestwich, Manchester M25 9SB   Tel: 0161 772 4800

Manchester Jewish Museum                       Address:190 Cheetham Hill Rd, Manchester M8 8LW                                                    Tel: 0161 830 1431         E:

Manchester Centre for Jewish Studies, Religions and Theology                                                                                                     Address: School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL                 

Merseyside Jewish Community Care                                        Address: Shifrin House, 433 Smithdown Road, Liverpool L15 3JL   Tel: 0151-733-2292            

Second and Third Generation Groups worldwide                It would be great to receive more information to fill this space!                    is the link to the Second Generation branch of the US KTA, see above

Stolperstein project    Artist Gunter Demnig, born 1947 in Berlin has memorialised  over 610 victims of Nazism by installing commemorative brass plaques in the pavement in front of their last address in Germany. There are Stolpersteine (lit. ‘stumbling stones or blocks’) also in Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Norway and Ukraine. His 1990 first project commemorated the deportation of Sinti and Roma from Cologne in 1940. In 1993 the Stolpersteine project was developed. In 1997 the first installation took place in Kreuzberg, Berlin (actually legalised later). Demnig says: “a person is only forgotten when his or her name is forgotten”. Inscriptions on each ‘stone’ begins with: HERE LIVED…  The cost: E120; anybody can sponsor a stone, its manufacture and installation.                                                                                                                                                    E: for more information.                  Address: Gunter Demnig, Kölner Straße 29, D-50226 Frechen                   T: 0049 / 2234 / 809 73 98         Mob: 0049 / 177 / 20 61 858                                      E:

Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide: the world’s oldest institution devoted to the study of the Holocaust, its causes and legacies. The Library stores family papers, archives, which can be used by students.                                                    Address: 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP        T:  020 7636 7247                  

Yad Vashem, World Centre for Holocaust Research, contains the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names in which you can enter, or seek family names, if you are searching lost relatives.                                                                Address: The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, POB. 3477, Jerusalem, 91034 Israel