The Girls

21st December, 1945. Courtesy: Debbie Lewis, daughter of Rosa Dajch. Esther Koslowska (top right). If you know anyone else in this photo please contact the '45 Aid Society.

Although the group of child Holocaust survivors brought to the UK in 1945 and 1946 are commonly referred to as The Boys, a number of them were actually girls.

It is widely believed that out of the more than 700 children, only 80 were girls. However, the original lists of names supplied by official organisations who organised their visas show that the group actually included 204 girls.

Some of these girls are amongst the youngest known Holocaust survivors, surviving Auschwitz amongst other camps. Yet others had different experiences of the Holocaust. Whilst many had experienced slave labour, a number of them had been hidden children during the war. To read their stories, please visit their individual profiles within our online archive below.

Upon arrival in the UK, the youngest girls were taken to hostels such as Weir Courtney, whilst the elder female members of The Boys, many of them teenagers, were often cared for in separate hostels such as Kings Langley and Herne Hill. These hostels are less well known than the hostels that cared for boys, which is perhaps why the original number of girls has been underestimated.

The Girls