Otto Hirsch House
2-4 Priory Road, Kew, TW9 3DG
Medical dates:

Medical character:
1958 - 1975

In 1958 the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) opened Otto Hirsch House to provide accommodation for elderly Jewish refugees.  It was the second such home to open and was named after Otto Hirsch, a leading Jewish community leader who had died in the Mauthausen concentration camp.  The home, which had 49 beds, was administered jointly by the AJR and the Central British Fund.

Partly because of its location in southwest London, by the 1970s the home was under-occupied.  It closed in 1975, with the residents being transferred to other homes run by the AJR.

Present status (June 2019)

It was the second of the AJR homes to open, but the first to close.  No. 2 Priory Road has survived, however, and is now Cecil Court - a care home for 45 individuals with residential and dementia needs.

The entrance to Cecil Court, which opened in 1978.  It is run by the Central and Cecil Housing Trust.

No. 2 Priory Road is an old Victorian building.

No. 4 is a later extension, built in the 1960s.

References (Accessed 16th April 2020)

(Author unstated) 1959 Old age homes.  AJR Information 14 (5), 1.

(Author unstated) 1976 Board meeting of the AJR.  AJR Information 31 (3), 1.

(Author unstated) 1992  Volunteers' meetings.  AJR Information 47 (8), 9.

Grenville A (undated) The Asssociation of Jewish Refugees.

Grenville A, Reiter A (eds) 2008 'I Didn't Want to Float, I Wanted to Belong to Something'.  Refugee Organizations in Britain 1933-1945.  Amsterdam, Editions Rodopi BV, 598.

Stent R 1991  Jewish Refugee Organisations.  In: Mosse WE (ed)  Second Chance:  Two Centuries of German-speaking Jews in the United Kingdom.  Tuebigen, JCB Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 598.

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