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Hybrid Book Talk: The Box with the Sunflower Clasp – Jewish flight to Shanghai

As part of our Family History events series, the Library is pleased to host Rachel Meller talking about her first book, The Box with the Sunflower Clasp, which relates the flight of her aunt and grandparents from Nazi-run Vienna to the unlikely haven of Shanghai. She will describe the resilience and enterprise of the 20,000-strong Jewish community within the challenging surroundings of the war-torn Chinese port.

The Kerr Family in Flight

The Kerrs took refuge first in France, where they lived until 1936 before moving to London. Judith remained in Britain after the war and went on to study at the Central School of Arts and Crafts after winning a scholarship. She would go on to author many children’s books, including a trilogy of books about her experiences fleeing from Nazi Germany and living in France and then Britain, including When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.   

Recovery and Repair: Family History Research Workshop

This workshop will help you take the first steps in conducting your own family research using the International Tracing Service digital archive, including using sources freely available online. Join our Senior ITS Archive Team Manager, Elise Bath and ITS Researcher Ian Rich as they demonstrate the uses of this important archive.

Heritage Fund The Association of Jewish Refugees Federal Foreign Office
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