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Exhibition shows Cambridge man's work with Slovenian refugees after WWII


By Ben Comber


The Raphael Societys photographs showing in the exhibition about John Corsellis work with Slovenian refugees in 1945.
The Raphael Societys photographs showing in the exhibition about John Corsellis work with Slovenian refugees in 1945.

The exhibition features accounts of refugee stories from Slovenia in 1945.

An exhibition is being held to highlight the work of Cambridge nonagenarian John Corsellis, who was a young volunteer with the Field Ambulance Service and helped set up a camp for Slovenian refugees in 1945.

Exhibition organiser Brian Develin said: “Thousand’s of Slovenian fighters and refugees were under the protection of the British army in Austria at the end of the war. The anti communist fighters were returned to execution and imprisonment in Yugoslavia after being told that they were being sent to camps in Italy.

“We have a film about the Bandit Kinder which I am hoping to show. These were the children of executed partisans who were taken to camps and hostels in Germany. Bandit Kinder provides another perspective on Slovenian children’s experience of the war.

“I hope that we will be able to develop interest in the Slovenian refugees story and that we can find partners to help us expand the exhibition.”

The exhibition, which features many photographs from he Raphael’s Society,

The exhibition is on display at Jesus Lane Meeting House, Jesus Ln, Cambridge until Wednesday, December 20.



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