The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

The Kitchener Camp for Refugees

This former army camp near Sandwich, Kent, was adapted by the Council of German Jewry to house mostly single Jewish men from Germany and Austria who had been released from concentration camps in the aftermath of the infamous November Pogrom on the proviso that they would leave Germany immediately, often without their families.

Amongst the items in the collection are the original diary of Phineas May, the camp's welfare officer, in which he alludes to the dreadful heartache and suffering endured by the camp residents, plagued by worry about their families. Also included are examples of the camp magazine produced by the residents, correspondence and photographs.

Full document description of Archives relating to The Kitchener Camp

Float from Kitchener camp with dressed up men on top and banner saying 'Our Thanks to England'

Float from Kitchener camp with dressed up men on top and banner saying 'Our Thanks to England' in a parade in 1939

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A group of men sitting outside at Kitchener Camp, Richborough, Kent 1939

A group of men sitting outside at Kitchener Camp, Richborough, Kent 1939

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Group of men tilling a field at Kitchener Camp 1939

Eight men tilling a field at Kitchener Camp, 1939

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Man with a kitten in his pocket

An occupant of Kitchener Camp with his pet

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