Middleton Road

Middleton Road is in Manchester in the north-west of England. Manchester was an important hub for Jewish refugees who came to the UK. In the 1930s almost 8,000 Jewish refugees arrived in the city. The hostel was run by the Manchester Jewish Refugees Committee. Its chairman was Rachel Barasch.


Issac Ajsenberg, who was one of the Boys, recalled they were given free entrance to the local cinemas, which helped them learn the language.

Sam Laskier recalled lessons in English and other subjects. “Those were very happy times,” he said in Martin Gilbert’s The Boys, “friendships made then remain to this day.”

The Boys at Middleton Road moved to another hostel nearby on Singleton Road.

The Boys

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The Staff

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