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The ORT and OSE. From despair to hope: a constructive form of help

Date: c 1940
Dimensions:
Overall: 186 x 127 mm
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Heinz Lippmann
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Booklet
Object No: ANMS0219[009]

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    A pamphlet from the ORT and OSE Leeds Technical Engineering School titled 'From Despair to Hope: A Constructive Form of Help'. The booklet outlines the history of the school, the facilities and the rules by which students need to abide.
    The Leeds ORT Technical Engineering School was the first of its kind to be established in Great Britain. It was, however, not really a new school, but a reconstruction of the school transferred from Berlin in August 1939.
    In addition to the practical side of the school, it also saw itself as an "expression of resistance to persecution which Jewish Youth have shown in a most cruel period of their lives".

    HistoryOn arrival in Leeds in England in November 1939, the students from the ORT Technical School in Berlin were faced with creating the school as there had been little time to do so before their arrival. Once the equipment was purchasd it was up to the German students and teachers to install it.
    "After a long and arduous search, the most suitable building that could be found, with a floor area of about 12,000 square feet, was rented. It is situated about a mile from the residential hostels. Tools, equipment, and machinery were purchased, and the students, under the guidance of the instructors (all from Berlin), installed the machinery, connected it with the electric power supply, and made all fittings possible in the workshop of the school. The students of the plumbing and sanitary section of the school erected lavatories, wash-houses, etc., and within a short time the school was at work."

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