Harry Fleming (gave up his place)
Harry Fleischmann arrived in the UK from Austria on 18th December 1938 when he was 15 years old. His inspirational story begins with him giving up his original place on the Kindertransport to help rescue another boy who had been taken to Dachau. By using Harry’s paperwork the boy safely escaped the country.
Fortunately Harry's father Moritz was one of six Jewish leaders conscripted by Adolf Eichmann to evacuate the Jews from Austria and he used his influence to get Harry another place on the Kindertransport. Miraculously, both Harry's parents managed to get the last train out of Vienna and make it to the UK. Moritz provided a powerful testimony at Eichmann’s trial.
When Harry arrived in the UK he was initially sent to Dover Court and then on to a Christian missionary family who tried to convert him. He managed to get himself transferred to live in a hostel with other boys. Harry became a cutter for a wholesale tailoring company and later a travel agent. He married Naomi Bloch from Scotland in 1964 and they have a daughter, two sons, one of whom he sadly lost, and four grandchildren.
Harry’s confidence stems from a time when he had no choice but to speak up in order to survive.
At 94 Harry is a feisty, funny and opinionated individual who can often be seen tearing up the pavements of North London on his mobility scooter.
We were delighted to present Harry and his family with the original records we hold on him, showing how he was helped by our organisation in the 1930's/40's.