Kitchener exhibition photographs and articles

This page is still being updated: please bear with us while we get everything uploaded.

The opening of the Kitchener camp exhibition was held at the Jewish Museum, London, on 1st September 2019.

This new mobile exhibition is called Leave to Land: The Kitchener Camp Rescue, 1939 – and we hope it will soon start to travel far and wide.

The next stage is the donation of the exhibition materials to the Wiener Library in London – and it should arrive there tomorrow.

If you know of a local institution or museum that would like to host the Kitchener exhibition, please apply to the Wiener Library as shown at the following link:

https://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Travelling-Exhibitions

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There is quite lot of material to upload, and we are still working out permissions for some items, but I will add materials to this page ‘as and when’ I can – so do keep checking back for updates.

If you have what you feel is a good image from the day that you would like me to upload, please email it to me. I may not be able to upload everything, depending on how much comes in, but I’ll do my best to give a good sense of the day.

(Photographs of materials only please – I can’t upload images of people.)

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Leave to Land, The Jewish Telegraph, Simon Yaffe
News report, Leave to Land: The Kitchener Camp rescue, 1939, The Jewish Telegraph, by Simon Yaffe
Uploaded with the kind permission of the Jewish Telegraph
Image kindly submitted by Simon Phillips, British ORT

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The Guardian article by Harriet Sherwood

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/24/kitchener-camp-sandwich-kent-german-jews-haven

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The sponsors of the plaque in Sandwich – the AJR – have put together some photographs and a write-up here:

https://ajr.org.uk/latest-news/remembering-the-kitchener-camp/

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The Leave to Land exhibition has four sections – the ten exhibition banners, a Kitchener Times newspaper, a plan of the camp, and a digital section.

Leave to Land - The Kitchener News
Leave to Land – Kitchener Times

This Kitchener newspaper was produced in a tough – hopefully un-tearable – material. It consists of family images, in the same way the banners were created, with text edited from original articles published in newspapers in Germany, Britain, and Belgium from 1939 and 1940, which are now out of copyright.

Leave to Land - The Kitchener News, page 1
Leave to Land – The Kitchener Times, page 1
Leave to Land – The Kitchener Times, page 2

The translations of the non-English language texts were very kindly produced by Kitchener descendants.

Leave to Land – The Kitchener Times, page 3

I think creating the newspaper was my favourite part of the pulling the exhibition together – it was fascinating.

I think we’d all have loved to keep a copy, but sadly these are expensive to produce and were funded in the same way as the banners – to be part of the exhibition.

Leave to Land – The Kitchener Times, page 4

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Leave to Land exhibition banners

The lighting wasn’t good for photographs, I’m so sorry to say, but others may have better images that I can add.

Following the general image of each banner, I have added the main ‘historical information’ sections, so you can get a good sense of what each one is about.

As usual across the website, if you click on an image, it will enlarge for ease of reading.

Leave to Land - Banner one
Leave to Land – Banner one

Leave to Land - Banner 1 - detail
Leave to Land – Banner 1 – detail
Leave to Land - Banner two
Leave to Land – Banner two
Leave to Land - Banner 2 - detail
Leave to Land – Banner 2 – detail
Leave to Land - Banner three
Leave to Land – Banner three
Leave to Land - Banner 3 - detail
Leave to Land – Banner 3 – detail
Leave to Land - banner four
Leave to Land – banner four
Leave to Land - Banner 4 - detail
Leave to Land – Banner 4 – detail
Leave to Land - Banner five
Leave to Land – Banner five
Leave to Land - Banner 5 - detail
Leave to Land – Banner 5 – detail
Leave to Land - banner 6
Leave to Land – banner 6
Leave to Land - Banner 6 - detail
Leave to Land – Banner 6 – detail
Leave to Land - Banner seven
Leave to Land – Banner seven
Leave to Land - Banner 7 - detail
Leave to Land – Banner 7 – detail
Leave to Land - Banner eight
Leave to Land – Banner eight
Leave to Land - Banner 8 - detail
Leave to Land – Banner 8 – detail
Leave to Land - Banner nine
Leave to Land – Banner nine
Leave to Land - Banner 9 - detail
Leave to Land – Banner 9 – detail
Leave to Land - Banner ten
Leave to Land – Banner ten
Leave to Land - Banner 10 - detail
Leave to Land – Banner 10 – detail

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There was a key digital section to the exhibition as well. This contains many more family photographs and documents.

With over 70 high-resolution slides, however, it’s not possible to upload all these to a page of the website, or it will simply not load.

We will be trying to find some kind of resolution over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, you might like to see the following few slides about what the Kitchener men had to bring with them, which I was fascinated to receive information on.

Kitchener camp kit - digital slides from the Leave to Land exhibition, 2019
Kitchener camp kit – digital slides from the Leave to Land exhibition, 2019, page 1
Kitchener camp kit - digital slides from the Leave to Land exhibition, 2019, page 1
Kitchener camp kit – digital slides from the Leave to Land exhibition, 2019, page 2
Kitchener camp kit - digital slides from the Leave to Land exhibition, 2019, page 3
Kitchener camp kit – digital slides from the Leave to Land exhibition, 2019, page 3
Kitchener camp kit - digital slides from the Leave to Land exhibition, 2019, page 4
Kitchener camp kit – digital slides from the Leave to Land exhibition, 2019, page 4