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Includes evacuees and refugees, exiles, and victims of the Nazi Holocaust

African Children's Choir

This choir of children aged five to 12 years was founded in 1984 by Raymond R. Barnett, himself an Irish-Canadian orphan and ordained minister, who first went to Uganda in 1982. It was begu... [more]

Bálint, Lea

Balint spent part of World War II living under an assumed name in a Polish convent in Brwinow, near Warsaw. Her parents placed her there when she was five and she emerged at the end of the ... [more]

Berglas, David

Berglas came to Britain in 1938 alone, as a Jewish refugee from Europe. He is/has been president of the Magic Circle (the UK association for professional magicians) and King Rat (president ... [more]

Conrad, Joseph

He spent 20 years at sea, which provided the background for some of his best writing. He settled in England in 1895 and wrote in English. His famous novels include The Heart of Darkness, Ni... [more]

Duleep Singh (under India - Princely States: 5)

Until the 19th century what is now India (like Europe) was a patchwork of over 650 princely states, like kingdoms, ranging from the small and relatively unimportant, to the large, immensely... [more]

Eastman, Charles Alexander

Eastman (his maternal grandfather's surname) was born Ohiyesa, the last of five children. His mother died soon after he was born. In 1862, after the Minnesota Sioux uprising he escaped with... [more]

Field, Shirley Ann

Field was born in London and evacuated to the North of England during World War II. She went from there to a children's home in Bolton, Lancashire, and after that she had virtually no conta... [more]

Finn Mac Cumhal

Finn was the last and greatest leader of the Fianna. He was born named Demna, the son of Cumhal Mac Baiscne, who was killed by the Sons of Morna. His mother, Muirne, sent him away to the ca... [more]

Forman, Miloš

Forman was born Tomas Jan, one of three sons, in Cáslav, now in the Czech Republic. When he was nine his parents were arrested by the Gestapo, and both soon died in concentration camps. The... [more]

Gökçen, Sabiha

Gökçen was one of the adoptive (or foster, sources differ) daughters of Kamal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. His other adoptive daughters included professor Afet İnan ; he also ado... [more]

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