Skip navigation.
Accessibility
Print this page | Text size: Larger / Smaller
 
 

KINDERTRANSPORT REFUGEES COMMEMORATED

Between 1939 and 1941 some 50 young Jewish girls from Austria, Czechoslovakia and Germany travelled via the Kindertransport from Nazi occupied Europe to Wyberlye Ladies convalescent home in Burgess Hill where they were offered sanctuary. The Convalescent Home was run by the Grand Order Sons of Jacob who pledged to provide funds to support the children for at least a year. 
  
Lesley Urbach, whose mother was among these girls, has donated an information board which is placed at Marle Place park and sets out the history and importance of Wyberlye house which was once situated there. Most of the children including Lesley’s mother and aunt never saw their parents again. The board was unveiled on Sunday 9 June by the Mayor of Burgess Hill, Cllr Roger Cartwright and Lesley Urbach. 8 descendants of the 50 attended the ceremony, 3 of whom travelled from America for the ceremony. A full article can be found on the Burgess Hill Town Council Website  www.burgesshill.gov.uk/refugeechildren.