Edith Kohner

Edith Kohner, her husband Franz, and two young children came to Northern Ireland as Jewish refugees escaping Hitler's Nazi persecution in Czechoslovakia.

Jewish Refugee

Edith Kohner

Edith Kohner came to Northern Ireland with her husband Franz and two young children. The family settled in a safe-haven in Millisle, Co. Down where they became an important part of the community.

Edith Kohner was a Jewish refugee from the Sudetenland. She and her husband and two young children came to Northern Ireland as part of the Kindertransport.

She came to be an administrator of the kindertransport resettlement farm at Ballyrolly House, Millisle, Co. Down. She undertook the role with her husband Franz Kohner. Daughters Edith Kohner and Dinah Kohner accompanied their parents.

There was a lot of administration required. The British government viewed refugees from Germany and Austria as “enemy aliens”. They could only live in assigned areas and had to adhere to a 2200hrs curfew. The Kohners looked after paperwork such as each refugee’s Alien Registration Book. They also handled permits issued by the local police to permit refugees to leave the farm.

After leaving the Jewish Resettlement Farm, Edith remained in Northern Ireland, settling in Newcastle, Co. Down.

The people here are very kind and very helpful and we have made many friends so it was the best place for us to stay.

Edith Kohner interviewed by Culture Northern Ireland in 2005.

The extended Kohner family lost a total of 23 members during the Holocaust.

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