Association of Jewish Refugees

The Association of Jewish Refugees is the national charity supporting Holocaust refugees and survivors living in Great Britain. About 70,000 refugees, including approximately 10,000 children on the Kindertransport, arrived in Great Britain from Nazi-occupied Europe in the 1930s. Founded in 1941 by Jewish refugees from Central Europe, the AJR today extends membership to anyone who fled a Nazi-occupied country as a Jewish refugee or who arrived in Great Britain as a Holocaust survivor, and their relatives including spouses, children (second-generation), grandchildren (third generation) and so on.

Primarily providing social, welfare and care services, the AJR also has a nationwide network of regional groups offering members a unique opportunity to socialise in their local area. Members receive support from volunteers and can obtain advice and assistance on welfare rights as well as on Holocaust reparations. The AJR is committed to the education of future generations about the Holocaust and is the UK’s largest dedicated funder of programmes and projects which promote teaching and learning about the Holocaust.

The AJR has two testimony archives: Refugee Voices is an audio-visual archive with a collection of 250 filmed interviews which create a legacy of the experiences of the refugees and will advance and enhance Holocaust research for future generations. Details are at

AJR’s My Story project tells the life stories of Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors through the production of individual life story books to be kept as treasured memories and tools for reminiscence and to raise awareness about the Holocaust and Nazi oppression. The books can be downloaded free at

The AJR has a library of talks and seminars which can be viewed on its YouTube channel:

AJR Chief Executive, Michael Newman OBE, is a member of the UK delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which brings together governments and nongovernmental organisations to raise awareness of the Holocaust and places political and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance, and research.

More information about the AJR at

Twitter: @TheAJR  Facebook: @AssociationofJewishRefugees  Instagram: @theajr_uk

Scotland and Newcastle Outreach Co-ordinator – Agnes Isaacs – email: [email protected]

Scotland Social Worker –  Myrna Bernard   email: [email protected]

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