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To mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2022, we are hosting an event with music and readings to tell the story of Jewish refugees in Newmarket during World War II, featuring a string quartet from the Britten Sinfonia.

Date: Wednesday, 26th January
Time: Doors open at 4pm with refreshments available to purchase in The Tack Room
Concert 4:30pm – 6pm
Location: Moller Gallery

The concert forms part of a new joint heritage project from Suffolk Archives, Orchestras Live and the National Horseracing Museum aiming to uncover stories of Jewish refugees who were housed in Newmarket during World War Two.

The project has been inspired by the memoir of one of these refugees, Fritz Ball, who with his wife Eva was among 25 Jewish refugees living at Palace House Stables (now part of the National Horseracing Museum) in September 1939. They had come from Berlin, where Fritz had worked as a lawyer until Jews were barred from the profession by the Nazi government in 1935. Fritz had been arrested the day after Kristallnacht and spent time in Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Fritz’s memoir gives a fascinating insight into the life of the refugees sent to Newmarket at this time and helps us to understand the challenges faced by those arriving in a new place.

For more information about the project, check out the Suffolk Archives website.