Holocaust Memorial Garden

Millisle village played its own small part in holocaust history.  Our story is an important part of the
Millisle Community and retelling it has become a vital part of the life of our school. 

'Safe Haven' is the name of the Holocaust Memorial Garden in the grounds of Millisle Primary School
and a safe haven is what the Millisle community provided for many Jewish refugees during the
Second World War.  A small group of Jewish children came to Millisle from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia having  been rescued from their homes after their parents had been imprisoned by the Nazis.  
This transportation to safety in Britain and Ireland became known as the Kindertransport. 

In May 1939, Barney Hurwitz, Leo Scop and Maurice Solomon of the Regugee Aid Committee leased a
derelict farm close to Millisle village. 
At any one time, up to eighty people, including children, lived and worked on 'The farm', as it became known.  Between 1938, when the first adults and children arrived and its closure in 1948, the farm was home to well over 300 people. 




  'Safe Haven' 

Winning entry
NI War Memorial
Photography Competition



Our school has developed a bank of resources on 'The Farm' and the 'Kindertransport'. We hope you will find them useful and interesting.


The Farm     (Slideshow)


Holocaust Memorial Garden 

Opening Speech by Mrs L Patterson,         Principal(Script)


NI War Memorial
Photography Competition


A Kinder Place, A Different World
DVD - by P5 Class

See below to view.
(Also a
vailable from School Office)


Belfast Telegraph Article -
Holocaust Survivor shares his tale in Millisle



Faraway Home  
- Historical fiction by Marilyn Taylor



Two Jewish children are sent from Nazi-occupied Austria to a refugee farm in Northern Ireland. Based on the true story of Millisle refugee farm.


Faraway Home (Word Document)


 'Safe Haven'
Altogether Now -
Going to School in County Down

Down Museum, pgs 35 - 37
(Available from School Office)





Down County MUSEUM -
'Finding Refuge during World War Il


 Holocaust Memorial Day - January 2014

News Letter article reported on
Monday, 27th January 2014.


Walter Kammerling
(Photography & Documents)



Remember this? ✡️

During the second period of lockdown we took part in a virtual stone painting workshop as part of the new UK Holocaust Memorial in London.

Our winning stone, chosen by representatives at the memorial will be on display in London. It was painted by former pupil Grace Pollock.

All our other stones have been shipped to London and will be incorporated into the foundations of the new Holocaust memorial.

Thank you to everyone who took part. You can see our stone and its part in the wider project at:



Ellie Pollock, Travis Carnduff and Charlie Hamilton, all from our P7 class, participated in the annual Holocaust Memorial Service held in Bangor Castle. The special guest was Mr Harry Bibring BEM wo was an amazing 93year old gentleman.  Sadly, Mr Bibring passed away 48 hours later on Thursday evening.  We were all very shocked when we heard the sad news.

A Kinder Place, A Different World - P5 Movie

The 'Maurice Solomon Memorial Tree' Feb 2022

'Keeping the Memory Alive' Holocaust Memorial, 2015