Harwich exhibition on Leslie Brent’s Kindertransport journey

Posted on January 22, 2024

A SPECIAL week-long exhibition in Harwich will honour Leslie Brent who was rescued as part of the Kindertransport scheme before making a life for himself in Britain.

The Harwich Kindertransport Memorial and Learning Trust (HKMLT) will present the ‘Safe Haven – Leslie Brent’ exhibition starting on Wednesday, January, 24 at the Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre.

The exhibition will coincide with both Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 and the 85th anniversary of the Kindertransport – where 10,000 mostly Jewish children were sent to safety in Britain during 1938 to 1939.

Harwich was the main port of entry for the thousands of child refugees, with one of them being Leslie Brent (1925 to 2019) who was also taken to a holiday camp in Dovercourt was then a converted refugee camp.

Chris Berwick from Harwich Festival said: “It’s an honour for the Harwich Festival & Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre to host such an inspirational exhibition as part of the 85th Anniversary of the Kindertransport and Holocaust Memorial Day 2024.

“We hope that as many people can come along and see the excellent work that The Harwich Kindertransport Memorial and Learning Trust do and learn about Leslie Brent and his story.”

The “Safe Haven – Leslie Brent” Exhibition will be shown for one week with the opening time as follows:

Wednesday 24: 11am – 15.45pm

Thursday 25: 10am-15.45pm

Friday 26: 10am-15.45pm

Saturday 27: 10am-15.00pm

Monday 29: 10am-15.45pm

Tuesday 30: 10am-15.45pm

Wednesday 31: 10am-15.30pm