Discussions last year between the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities and the Scottish Refugee Council resulted in three Refugee Week projects, a short film, a play, and an exhibition, which were produced in partnership with the the Association of Jewish Refugees, the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, and Glasgow Jewish Representative Council.
"Courage: 60 Years of the UN Refugee Convention" features Rosa Sacharin who came to Britain as a child refugee from Nazi Germany, and Christian Kasubandi, a refugee from war in the Congo, talking about their experiences and the contribution they have made and hope to make to their adopted country. Click here or on the picture to watch the video.
Playwright Oliver Emanuel met two more refugees from the Nazi Germany, Henry and Ingrid Wuga, who arrived in Britain on the Kindertransport shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. "Some Words for Home" is based on two long conversations he had with them, and explores not just the great events of history, but also the small everyday detail of building a new life. After the performance the audience had an opportunity to question Ingrid, Henry, Oliver, and Howard Singerman, a second generation refugee whose mother survived Auschwitz.
Henry's and Ingrid's experiences also featured in the exhibition "Refugee Stories at the Kelvingrove" which included film, newspaper articles, photographs and objects illustrating their lives, and those of Carlos Arredondo from Chile, and Patience Tsungu from Zimbabwe.