‘I went from a life of luxury to a straw bed in Stoke-on-Trent’

Posted on December 22, 2023

THE card is faded and yellowed with time, but the smile of the little girl in the black and white photograph is still bright.

She was just three when it was taken, wearing her Sunday best, with her hair neatly parted and smoothed down in a wave.

Beside the picture someone has written her name, date of birth, parents’ contact details and identification number: 5097.

Eighty-four years have passed since Dr Lisa Midwinter, then Liesa Dasch, arrived in Britain – 1,000 miles from her home in the Czech Republic and wearing the document on a string around her neck.

She has kept it, tucked away in a special place, all this time, fondly calling it her ‘ticket to life’.

Lisa kept her identification card from her travel all this time, fondly calling it her ¿ticket to life¿
For Lisa, now 88, was one of the 669 children who escaped the Nazis on the Czech ‘Kindertransport’, a network of trains that helped young refugees from Jewish families flee central Europe and set up new lives in the UK, organised by humanitarian Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton.

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