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The Orphans Who Survived the Concentration Camps

The story of 300 Jewish orphans who, having been captured by the Nazis, defied the odds against their survival and lived to tell the tale in Windermere.

To mark Passover, a remarkable story of liberation from the Holocaust.

It's the story of 300 Jewish orphans who having been captured by the Nazis defied the odds against their survival, and lived to tell the tale in Windermere. The group of 300 orphans were separated from their parents and taken from the ghettos to camps like Auschwitz-Birkenau. Either by luck, instinct or alertness, they somehow managed to escape the selection process that led to the gas chambers. Even as the Allies were closing in on the Nazis, the orphans were sent on to death marches across frozen Europe, deep into German territory. Although finally liberated in May 1945, their fight to live continued as they were orphans. Where could they go? Windermere in the Lake District proved to be their promised land. With many of them now in their eighties, and for the first time on British television, four of those orphans tell their story of extraordinary human resilience.

35 minutes

Last on

Mon 5 Apr 2010 22:45

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Maxine Peake
Executive Producer Jean-Claude Bragard
Producer Gillian Bancroft
Director Gillian Bancroft

Broadcasts

  • Mon 5 Apr 2010 22:15
  • Mon 5 Apr 2010 22:45