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Guided Tour, Fri 25 Jan 2019, free entry


The National Archives


Ruskin Avenue,
Richmond, Surrey,


The National Archives holds extensive records of the plight of the Hungarian Jews for 1944, covering many aspects of lesser known events. To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, we welcome John Dobai to talk about his personal survival story.

John was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1934. His father worked in a bank and his mother was a housewife; John was their only child. Worried by the rise of Nazism and far-right nationalists in Hungary in the 1930, John’s parents decided that the family should convert to Roman Catholicism.

His story of survival connects with many of our documents, which tell of attempts of rescue, negotiation, and of ultimate tragedy.

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Event details

Dates Times
Fri 25 Jan 2019 14:00 to 16:00


Free entry



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Map reference: TQ 152728  Lat: 51.44326 Long: -0.34244

Car : The National Archives is half a mile south of Kew Bridge, on the South Circular Road, A 205. Junction 2 of the M4 motorway is about one and a half miles away. There are 116 spaces in our car park which are free (on a first-come, first-served basis) to researchers using The National Archives. The car park is open from 08:30 to 19:00.
Train : The nearest station to the Kew office is Kew Gardens (Underground - District line and Railway - Silverlink Metro / North London line). Kew Gardens is in both zone 3 and 4, and the journey from central London to Kew takes about 40 minutes. It is a short walk from the station via Ruskin Avenue to The National Archives.
Other convenient railway stations for The National Archives at Kew are Richmond (Travel one stop from there to Kew Gardens) and Kew Bridge (a 15-20 minute walk to us).
Bus: The R68 bus route ends by the entrance to The National Archives, and the 65 and 391 bus routes run along Kew Road.
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