Stories from Georgia's German Jewish Refugee Children

Of the estimated 1,200 unaccompanied minors who came to the United States as part of the One Thousand Children project, roughly thirty came to the state of Georgia. This section will provide brief biographical accounts about three of these children: Charlotte Dreyfuss, Henry Birnbrey, and Benjamin Hirsch. Each of these stories illustrates a different aspect of the refugee experience; at the age of fifteen, Charlotte had the responsibility of trying to bring her parents and sister to the United States via the affidavit process; Henry Birnbrey came to the United States after his parents were killed in the aftermath of Kristallnacht. Benjamin Hirsch and his four siblings spent three years in a series of clandestine children's homes before escaping Europe.

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Charlotte Dreyfuss

Charlotte Dreyfuss

Henry Birnbrey

Henry Birnbrey

Benjamin Hirsch

Benjamin Hirsch