Your Family History
We can help you discover your Jewish genealogy with free access for family members to the records of Jewish refugees we helped in the 1930s and 40s. These include many of the 10,000 children who came on the Kindertransport, as well as men who came to the Kitchener camp, 732 child survivors from concentration camps known as 'The Boys’ and countless others who arrived on domestic visas or under guarantors.
World Jewish Relief was previously known as the Central British Fund for German Jewry (CBF) and was established in 1933 to help rescue Jews from Nazi-Europe, succeeding in bringing around 65,000 people to safety in Britain. To preserve these important historical documents and protect information relevant to Jewish Genealogy, we have digitised our original records with the support of the Association of Jewish Refugees and the Otto Schiff Housing Association. Read about the 2 year journey it took to digitise the full archive.
Our archive holds remarkable documents for many of the people that we helped and they were digitised in 2015 with the support of the Association of Jewish Refugees, the Otto Schiff Housing Association and World Jewish Relief.
The files trace the help provided by World Jewish Relief in bringing individuals to Britain and assisting them to survive and establish their lives here. Sometimes only a registration card remains but they may also contain papers such as case files, birth certificates, immigration papers, school records, letters and records of financial support provided by the charity.
We have reunited many families with the records of their historic ancestors, click here to see us returning archive files to families or watch this moving account by Jerry Springer of how he felt when we received his family documents.
Discover insights into your Jewish genealogy; fill in the form below and find out if we have your family records. Once we have completed a search, a member of our volunteer archive team will be in touch to let you know the outcome.
Note: The documents predominantly cover people who came from Germany and Austria. We are unlikely to have documents for refugees who arrived from Czechoslovakia, including the children rescued by Sir Nicholas Winton. However, please do make an enquiry as they may have registered with the CBF at a later date.
Please note our archives team is manned by volunteers and they are currently away for the summer. They will return in September and get back to you then.