Jewish refugees in Newmarket

Jewish refugees in Newmarket

I have been part of a research team working on a fascinating project run by Suffolk Archives.  It is inspired by the memoir of Fritz Ball, a German Jewish refugee who lived in Newmarket from 1939 to 1942.  Fritz and his wife, Eva, lived alongside other Jewish refugees at Palace House Stables, which is today part of the National Horseracing Museum.

The project has uncovered the stories of these refugees and is sharing them with a wider audience through music, dance, exhibitions and printed resources for schools.

An unexpected discovery was that a couple of dozen young Jewish men who fled Nazi Germany (several on the Kindertransport) joined the Suffolk Regiment in Bury St Edmunds in the middle of the war. Tracking these men down was quite tricky as most of them anglicised their names when they signed up.