Ruth Kohner

Ruth Kohner made a life in Northern Ireland after escaping to Millisle, Co. Down in 1939 due to Nazi persecution of Jews in her homeland of Czechoslovakia.

Jewish Refugee

Ruth Kohner

Ruth Kohner, her parents Franz Kohner and Edith Kohner, and sister Dinah came to Northern Ireland in 1939 to a Jewish Resettlement Farm in Millisle, Co. Down.

Ruth Kohner was a Jewish refugee from the Sudetenland. She and her sister and parents came to Northern Ireland as part of the Kindertransport.

Her parents Franz Kohner and Edith Kohner were administrators on the kindertransport resettlement farm at Ballyrolly House, Millisle, Co. Down.

In recent years, Ruth has told her story to school children at Millisle Primary School, Millisle, Co. Down and Down County Museum, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

After leaving the safe-haven of Millisle, Ruth never returned to her homeland in the former Czechoslovakia. She remained in Northern Ireland.

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

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