This project has gathered and made available online oral testimony from men and women who sought sanctuary in Scotland to escape the racism of Nazi-dominated Europe. Some came on the Kindertransport, others survived concentration camps.

Many made remarkable journeys to get to safety in Scotland.

There is much for you to see and hear on this site.

Listen to the voices of the survivors – their accents will tell you a lot about their journeys. There are Scottish accents, continental lilts and sometimes a mixture of both.

All the interviewees spoke about the terrible events that brought them to Scotland.

Mobile Exhibition

We also have a mobile exhibition, which is available to hire to schools and other organisations. Please see the exhibition page for more details.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the gathering the voices exhibition in Ayr

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon viewing the exhibition with Steven Anson and Howard Singerman
Image courtesy of South Ayrshire Council

They also described the challenges of integration, including learning another language and fitting in to a different culture. Their stories are remarkable – you will discover how people coped with prejudice, adversity and tragedy and moved on to have fulfilling lives in their new country.

Find here moving love stories and family histories, fascinating documents and revealing images, including visas, passports, artefacts, letters and photographs.

Follow the links to other relevant sites.

On each person’s pages, you can use the audio player at the right hand side of the screen to listen to the testimony.

using the audio player

We now have an education section for teachers to download and share lesson plans and resources.

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Supported and Funded By

supported by the heritage lottery fund
scottish government Glasgow Caledonian University
sense over sectarianism Glasgow City Council
German ministry of foreign affairs
  • Ethel Hoffman
  • Esterson Trust
  • Glasgow Jewish Community Trust
  • Queen’s Park Charitable Trust
  • Steven and Hilary Anson
  • David and Angela Shapiro
  • Claire and Howard Singerman
  • Netherlee and Clarkston Charitable Trust
  • Ralph Slater Trust
  • The Alma & Leslie Wolfson Charitable Trust‏
  • German Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Saskia Tepe

Creative Commons

Unless otherwise stated, the content on gatheringthevoices.com is available to re-publish under the terms of the Creative Commons license.

Please check our Terms of Use for details on what is allowed when using our material.

Latest Updates

The people most recently added to the site with links to each of their testimonies.