New book launches to remember Jewish evacuees

Councillor Mike Rouse (pictured) with his new book 'Bernstein's boys' that launches on Saturday September 4 at 11am.

Councillor Mike Rouse (pictured) with his new book 'Bernstein's boys' that launches on Saturday September 4 at 11am. - Credit: Mike Rouse / Visit Ely

A new book is launching at the Oliver Cromwell House in Ely next month to remember Jewish evacuees who came to the city in 1939. 

The book, Bernstein’s boys is written by Councillor Mike Rouse.

It's a moving story of how Dr Bernstein and his dedicated staff, together with the people of Ely, made new lives for evacuees. 

On September 1 1939, among the hundreds of arriving evacuees in Ely from the East End of London was a special group of Jewish boys. 

Many of them spoke little English and had been rescued from almost certain death in Europe by travelling on the kindertransport. 

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The book launches on Saturday September 4 at 11am. 

A spokesperson for Visit Ely said: “We are delighted to announce that councillor Mike Rouse will be joining us between 11am and 12pm to sign copies of this fantastic book. 

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“Come and meet Mike and pick up your copy.” 

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