Your Family History

World Jewish Relief, formerly known as the CBF (Central British Fund for German Jewry), rescued 65,000 people from Europe in the 1930s and 40s, including many of the 10,000 children who came on the Kindertransport, thousands of men who came to the Kitchener camp and 732 child survivors from concentration camps known as 'The Boys'.

Records for 35000 people have survived and have recently  been digitised with the support of the Association of Jewish Refugees, Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, the Otto Schiff Housing Association and World Jewish Relief.

The files trace the help given by World Jewish Relief in bringing individuals to Britain and assisting them to survive and establish their lives here.  They can contain papers such as birth certificates, immigration papers, school records, letters, and financial records of welfare support the charity provided.   

Watch this moving account by Jerry Springer of how he felt when he received his family documents

Read the story on how it took two years to digitise the full archive.

These files are available to you, for free. Fill in the form below to find out if we have your family records. 

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World Jewish Relief stores refugee archive files based on our legitimate interest in promoting understanding and awareness of the role that World Jewish Relief (formerly CBF) played in supporting refugees before, during and after the Holocaust. We aim to help individuals to understand more about their family history. By submitting this form you agree that any information provided to you will not be republished other than for personal use. If you wish to republish the information for other purposes, this is only permitted in consultation with World Jewish Relief (archives@worldjewishrelief.org).