Sam Diament is on the left. The other two boys are unknown. Photo: Jeff Diament.
The boys were given bikes. They all remember this as an important event. Here they are in the countryside around Ascot. Benek Englard is the boy on the left. Do you recognise the others? Photo: Benek Englard.
First row from left to right: Unknown, Nathan Rolnik, Sam Diament, Martin Baumel. Second row: forth from the left is Stella Silver who worked at the hostel; Third from the right is Benek Englard; second from the right is Joe Stone. The other boys in the image are unknown. Please tell us if you recognise them! Photo: Benek Englard.
Jacob Fersztand is the small boy at the front. Can you identify the others? Photo: Jacob Fersztand.
Samual Diament is back row on the right. Joe Stone is seated on the left. Can you identify the other people in the picture? Photo: Jeff Diament.
Sam Diament stands between the two women in the second row. To his left is Stella Silver, who stands next to her husband Manny Silver who ran the Ascot hostel. The woman with the child is Mrs Hoenig who also worked at the hostel. Can you help identify the other people in the picture? Photo: Jeff Diament.
Jacob Fresztand is in the centre of the group. Can you identify the other boys? Photo: Jacob Fresztand.
Kloster Indersdorf DP children’s home near Dachau just after the Second World War. Photo: Kloster Indersdorf Museum.
This picture was taken in Prague on 9 August 1945. Benek Englard is on the left in the second row from the front. Do you recognise anyone else? Photo: Benek Englard.
In the third row are Charles and Muriel Montefiore of the Central British Fund on a visit to Ascot. Benek Englard is in the second row on the left. In the centre of the second row is Martin Baumel. Do you recognise the others? Photo: Benek Englard.
Benek Englard on one of the bikes given to the boys by a confectionary company in Reading. The bikes are remembered by all the Ascot boys and played a key part in their lives there. Photo: BeneK Englard.
Pinchas Gutter, London, July 2018. Photo: Rachel Judah.
Trsutee Elizabeth Yates and Irene Baldock, April 2018. Baldock’s mother worked at Woodcote House. Photo: Rachel Judah.
Woodcote House was demolished in the 1990s and is now a gated housing estate. Photo: Rachel Judah.
David Kestenberg. Photo: Cindy Kestenberg
This is the German record card of Natan Rolnik showing he was a prisoner in the Flossenburg concentration camp in Germany. The records are held by the International Tracing Service. The German kept detailed records of all prisoners.
Second from the right is Esther Weissman who was one of the carers at Ascot. She is fondly remembered by the boys. This photo was taken at Kibbutz Lavi in Israel. Esther lived on Kibbutz Lavi after the establishment of the state of Israel until her death. Photo: Kibbutz Lavi Archive.
This is a page of the Emigration ledger of the Central British Fund. They carefully detailed the expenses for each of the boy’s emigration. This is the page that refers to Martin Baumel. The book is in the London Metropolitan archives.
The Holocaust and its aftermath was often about lists: lists of prisoners, lists of ghetto inmates, lists of who travelled on which transport and then lists of displaced persons (D.P.s). This card was given to Ivor Perl, then Isak Perlmutter, to identify him while he was in the American occupied zone of Germany immediately after the liberation.
The Germans kept detailed records of where people lived in the Lodz Ghetto. Here you can see the entry for the family of Chaim Liss.
The English text book used by the boys in Ascot. The original is in the Jewish Museum in London.
The inside page of the English text book that belonged to Jacob Moncarz while he was in Ascot. The book is in the Jewish Museum in London.
While at Ascot many of the boys studied at the ORT school in South Kensington, London. ORT was set up in Russia to offer vocational training for young Jewish people. The organisation is now known as World ORT. It played an important part in helping Jewish survivors after the war. If you recognise someone in the photo please let us know!
Pupils at the ORT training school in South Kensington London. Does anyone recognise any of them?
Proof of identity was an on going issue for many of the boys as they had no papers from their pre-war lives. This document belongs to Ivor Perl. Photo: Rachel Judah.
Searching the online archive of the International Tracing Service in @yadvashem we discovered the ITS file on Salomon Pantouffelmacher. The ITS kept these files not only to help reunite families but to help survivors with the compensation claims. Inside were details of which camps he was in and the names of his parents. More importantly we discovered he changed his name to Sidney which was a great lead for discovering more.
Stella Silver was the matron of the Ascot hostel and married Menachem Silver, the head of the hostel in Ascot, in 1946. After Ascot the couple went to work with Jewish refugees in Austria and Italy. They then went to Israel in 1948. The couple later divorced.
Abraham Dichter was liberated at the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) in May 1945. This is his Czechoslovak post-war repatriation card. He states that he would like to go to Palestine. Dichter eventually joined the group of children brought to Windermere in the UK in August 1945.
Some of Ascot's Belsen Boys attended a marine training school on the ship the Josef Hertz run by ORTUK in Grays in Essex. The school opened in 1946. Note the Star of David on their uniform. This picture was given to us by Jeff Diament, the son of Sam Diament in uniform on the left. The boys are on a visit to see old friends. Seated is Stella Silver the matron of Ascot. If you recognise anyone else please tell us!