Alliance plea to save the Millisle farm where Jewish children found refuge from Nazi Holocaust

Farm that saved hundreds of children
from holocaust must be saved

The Alliance Party has said the Environment Minister must give Kindertransport Farm,  Millisle, listed status - securing its future as one of Northern Ireland’s important historical sites.

Strangford MLA Kieran McCarthy and I have written to the Minister urging him to take action,  recognising Northern Ireland’s contribution to saving children’s lives during the Holocaust.

Kinderfarm / Ballyrolly House / Magills Farm
Picture courtesy of  Second World War in
Northern Ireland website

From 1938 to 1948 nearly 300 Jewish children were saved by passing through Magill’s farm on the Woburn Road Millisle, thanks to Kindertransport.  A garden recognising this link already exists in Millisle Primary School, while the book ‘Faraway Home’ - authored by Marilyn Taylor - details the Millisle Kindertransport farm story.  However only listed status will secure the future of the local site.

Kieran McCarthy said: “I am encouraged by the Environment Minister’s response, which details the latest listing query on Kindertransport Farm is still on-going. If listed status is granted the owners will be able to seek financial assistance to repair and restore the building under the terms of the Listed Building Grant-Aid Scheme.

“With the farm closely linked to the Holocaust and Northern Ireland’s contribution to saving up to 300 Jewish children, it is of vital importance that the buildings which saved the lives of so many are retained, repaired and restored for future generations to understand the horrors of the Holocaust and the ray of Hope NI provided at Magill’s farm.

I added: “Kindertransport Farm is an important part of Northern Ireland history.  After concerns were expressed about the state of the farm buildings, I contacted my Party colleague Kieran McCarthy who followed up on the issue with the Environment Minister.

“After two failed attempts over the years, I welcome the fact Kindertransport Farm is still under consideration for listed status.  The Alliance Party believes this is an essential move to secure its part in Northern Ireland’s war history.”

Article kindly covered by Belfast Telegraph on Friday 24 May 2013.