Dr Kathleen Murphy, a well known pediatrician from Dublin, founded the ‚Save the German Children Society’ with a group of like minded people. Its purpose was to raise money and to find Irish families willing to give a temporary home to German children in order to bring them back to health. Many German children were severely traumatized and had lost one or both parents during the war. They were mal-nourished and sickly and their chances of surviving in a country lacking both food and fuel were slim. Many Irish families volunteered, but the Irish government and the Allies were skeptical at first. Compassion for Germany was not running high. Dr. Kathleen Murphy finally received permission from the British government and the Allied Control Council to begin her work.
The Irish Red Cross was responsible for co-ordinating the task which was dubbed ‚Operation Shamrock’. 462 German children from North Rhine West Phalia, the Bristish occupied zone, between ages 3 and 10 came to live with families throughout Ireland.
By 1949 most of the German children had been sent back to their families, but about ‚50 of the children from Operation Shamrock’ stayed in Ireland for good.
Journalist Monica Brandis interviewed 18 of the ‚Shamrock Children’ still alive. These are their stories.
On the 16th March at 19.00 there will be a conversation with Monica Brandis and a Shamrock child to launch the photo-exhibition. This event is sponsored by Dr. Susan Walsh of the Globe business college Munich
Register your place for the discussion here
If you cannot make the discussion, the Photo installation is open to the public by appointment with Kriztina Brandeanu email@example.com +49 8959990845
Video for those who cannot make it all but are interested https://vimeo.com/68386165