Return to school for a survivor

Posted on October 4, 2013

Old Pupil John Karlick outside the Fulneck Moravian Church, Pudsey, Leeds

On boarding a packed train out of Nazi-occupied Prague in June 1939, nine-year-old John Karlik and his younger sister Vera didn’t realise they were waving goodbye to their father for the final time. The pair escaped after Moravian clergyman Bishop Shaw, who was on a visit to Prague, arranged for them to catch what turned out to be the last train out of the city and offered them refuge at his home in Fulneck, Pudsey.

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