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Talk by Judith Rhodes - Ursula, The Jewish Refugee at the Orme Girls' School
Talk by Judith Rhodes - Ursula, The Jewish Refugee at the Orme Girls' School
Judith Rhodes, who is the daughter of one of the Jewish refugees sponsored by the School in 1939, delivered a compelling talk about her mother's journey to Newcastle under Lyme School. 
This extract from the School Magazine July 1939:

"Much interest has been centred round the School's decision to adopt two Jewish refugees - thanks to the response made to our appeal to parents to guarantee financial help or to offer hospitality if they felt able to do so. Margot Cohen - a thirteen year old  refugee from Dusseldorf - has been the first to arrive, and an older girl is expected as soon as the necessary arrangements have been completed (Ursula). Two older refugee girls adopted by the staff are also attending School classes one day a week."
Ursula Michel, Judith Michel's mother, lived with the Hawthorne family, her foster brother attending the High School.
Judith delivered many fascinating anecdotes about her mother's experience of the Kinder Transport journey and Ursula's time at "the Orme". She explained this connection with our School alongside a video that she presents to Schools, Universities and Historical Societies throughout the country as part of her educational work and support of The Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association in Leeds.

Judith has many treasured items from her mother's time at The Orme, including her OGS belt, tie & hatband and her OGS school reports, as well as her reports from the Burslem School of Commerce where she did incredibly well, coming second in class twice and being made a prefect . Judith says,  "it must all be down to her OGS education!"  Many of these items have been included in an exhibition at the Holocaust Learning Centre opening at the University of Huddersfield this Spring. But Judith will also be sharing some of these items with us on 31 January, alongside a selection of the School's own archive, relating to the School during the First World War.
A thoughtful and insightful evening was had by all as Judith gave a snapshot back in time of what School life was like for the young Jewish refugees.