Lord Dubs to cite Kindertransport journey in Easter message for Humanists

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Lord Dubs to cite Kindertransport journey in Easter message for Humanists

Czech-born Labour peer will tell prisoners how he escaped the Holocaust, referencing 'refugees today living in terrible conditions in the camps of Greece and northern France'

Lord Alf Dubs
Lord Alf Dubs

Peer and refugee rights campaigner Lord Alf Dubs is to tell how he fled the Nazis when he issues the secular Easter message to atheist and humanist prisoners in the UK on Friday.

Czech-born Dubs, who came to Britain on the Kindertransport, will tell the prisoners how he escaped the Holocaust when he addresses inmates via National Prison Radio on Good Friday in an initiative organised by Humanists UK.

The Labour peer shot to prominence in 2016 when he shamed the Conservative government for only taking several hundred unaccompanied children fleeing war in the Middle East, when there were millions at-risk in camps, where they remain today.

This week he said: “In my message I will remind the prisoners about how I escaped the Nazis and the Holocaust. And I will talk to them about the refugees today living in terrible conditions in the camps of Greece and northern France.

“There are parallels to be made and the message is that as a country we can give people like that hope. It is the same hope that we can also give to those who are incarcerated too.”

It has been difficult for humanist pastors to reach prisoners during the lockdown, he said, adding that the initiative was designed to “boost morale” and “hopefully make them feel that they are not completely alone”.

Dubs will read extracts of WH Auden’s 1939 poem Refugee Blues and has chosen the Irish ballad Danny Boy as his song to be played.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: