Kindertransport Resources  

These resources have been compiled by the Kindertransport Association as an effort to make it easier for students and interested parties to locate all the best materials in print, film, and online. Use the search feature or browse by category using the links to the left. More history and stories about the Kindertransport can be found in our History and Voices sections.

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Memoirs

A Boy in Your Situation
Hannam, Charles. London: Andre Deutsch, 1977.

Charles Hannam's Kindertransport memoir.

A Child Alone
Blend, Martha. Edgware, England: Vallentine Mitchell Publishers, 1996.

A Lesser Child
Gershon, Karen. London: Peter Owen Publishers, 1993.

An account, from the point of view of an adolescent girl, of life in Germany in the years leading up to her departure on the Kindertransport.

A Scholar's Tale: Intellectual Journey of a Displaced Child of Europe
Hartman, Geoffrey. Fordham University Press, New York, 2007.

Geoffrey Hartman's eloquent memoir takes us through the author's five decades as a widely influential literary scholar. Geoffrey Hartman arrived in New York in 1945, at the age of 16, a young refugee from Hitler's Germany. His mother had come here before the war, but he was sent on a Kindertransport to England, where he developed a feeling for both the English countryside and English literature. These discoveries came together in his lifelong love of Wordsworth's poetry, the subject of his seminal book in 1964.

A Transported Life: Memories of Kindertransport
Eden, Thea, Irene Reti and Valerie Jean Chase. Santa Cruz, California: Herbooks, 1995.

Adventures of a Chemist Collector
Bader, Alfred. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1995.

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This is the autobiography of the distinguished chemist, art collector and philanthropist, Alfred Bader. Born in Vienna, Bader fled to England at the age of 14, on a Kindertransport ten months before the outbreak of World War II. Although a Jewish refugee from the Nazis, he was interned in 1940 and sent to a Canadian prisoner-of-war camp. In this book, he tells the story of his success through hard work and studies in the United States.

Against All Odds
Hamlet, Eva. Citra, Florida: Crones' Cradle Conserve, 1994.

All in a Lifetime
Westheimer, Ruth. New York: Warner Books, 1988.

"Dr. Ruth" Westheimer's account of her journey from Frankfurt am Main through a refugee girls hostel in Switzerland, to Israel, to her broadcasting success in the United States of America.

Almost an Englishman
Hannam, Charles. London: Andre Deutsch, 1978.

Between the Lines: Letters from the Holocaust
Fox, Ann. ComteQ Publishing, 2005.

KTA member Anne Fox takes us behind the lines of her family's experience in the Holocaust. She shares with us the sorrows of parents and children separated by war, as revealed in letters that came into her possession years later.

By the Moon and the Stars
Hayman, Eva. Auckland: Random Century New Zealand, 1992.

In June 1939, 15-year-old Eva and her 11-year-old sister Vera were evacuated via Kindertransport from Czechoslovakia to Great Britain. They spent most of the war in Poole, Liverpool, Hastings and Monmouth. When writing letters to their parents became impossible, Eva kept a diary of events, not only of the war, but of a teenager grappling with spiritual questions, the rights and wrongs of patriotism as well as being a parent to her sister, the writer Vera Gissing. Suitable for teeenagers.

Chemistry & Art: Further Adventures of a Chemist Collector
Bader, Alfred. Orion Publishing Group, April 2009, London.

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In a fast-paced but incredibly detailed and honest description of his adventures, we learn of Bader’s four jobs: philanthropist,art collector, art dealer, and chemist.

The book is a tale of high stakes in the art world and of deep friendships maintained over decades.It is a tale of great loss, and of great finds; of shabby treatment, and of incredible sharing and generosity; a tale of a great love, and a great family.

Child of Our Time: A Young Girl's Flight From the Holocaust
David, Ruth L.. London: I.B. Tauris, 2002.

Dark Clouds Don't Stay Forever: Memoirs of a Jewish German Boy in the 1930s and 1940s
Neuburger, Werner. Maryland: PublishAmerica, 2006.

Neuburger recounts growing up in Germany, his relocation in England as part of the Kindertransport, his emigration to the United States and military service during World War II, and his life after the war.

Die leisen Abschiede: Geschichte einer Flucht
Friedler,Ya'acov . R. Padligur (Hagen), 1994.

Friedler became a journalist well known for his work for the Jerusalem Post and the Israeli radio network. As a Jewish school boy in a small Ruhr Valley town, he was transported to Holland and placed with other refugee children into an old orphanage where the treatment reminds the reader of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist". On the day of Holland's capitulation he was able to escape to the UK on an old freighter which was strafed at sea by the Luftwaffe. In this book, we follow Friedler from childhood through his life today.

Farewell to Prague
Darvas, Miriam. San Francisco: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, 2001.

Girl in Movement: A Memoir
Kollisch, Eva. Thetford, Vermont: Glad Day Books, 2001.

Kindertransport
London, 2008.

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A collection of personal reminiscences and tributes from people who were rescued on the Kindertransport, collected by the Quakers in Great Britain in 2008.

Kindertransport Memory Quilt
Grosz, Hanus, Kirsten Grosz and Anita Grosz. the Kindertransport Association, Indianapolis, 2000.

Contact: selma.silverman@holocaustcenter.org

Beautiful photographs of the Kindertransport Memory Quilt panels combined with the moving stories behind each square.

Can be purchased through the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI http://www.holocaustcenter.org

Kindertransport Testimony: Wolf Blomfield
Blomfield, Wolf. Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, London, Great Britain, 2011.

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I came to Britain when I had just turned ten. I was a Kindertransport boy and came over on a train full of German Jewish children, on 15 March 1939. All we were allowed to bring was a small suitcase that we could carry, so for a ten-year-old it wasn’t very much. My father put me on the train in Berlin and had tried to explain what was happening. I think I was too bewildered to completely grasp it.

Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy
Eire, Carlos. Free Press, November 2010, New York City.

With the same passionate immediacy as Eire brought to his memoir of a Cuban boyhood, the National Book Award–winning Waiting for Snow in Havana (2002), he writes now about coming to America at age 11. The story takes readers from the journey to American itself—Eire was one of 14,000 unaccompanied refugee children in 1962’s Operation Pedro Pan—through his time in foster homes, both kind and harsh, and eventually to joining his uncle in Chicago, “where everyone came from somewhere else.”

Letter to Alexander: A Family's Kindertransport Experience
Laxova, Renata. Cincinnati, OH: Custom Editorial Productions, 2001.

Lifesaving Letters: A Child's Flight from the Holocaust
Roth, Milena. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004.

Little Eden
Figes, Eva. New York: Persea Books, 1988.

My Darling Diary _ Volume Three
Jacoby, Ingrid. Cornwall, UK: United Writers Publications Ltd, 2009.

In her third diary we follow Ingrid Jacoby’s life from the age of 23 to 26 years.
Still in Oxford and now working for Rosenthals’ Antiquarian Booksellers, Ingrid remembers, at the age of 12, being transported via Kindertransport from Vienna to Falmouth with her sister Lieselotte, discovering that her mother was lost forever after dying in a German concentration camp and subsequently being unable to properly find a close relationship with her father and his new wife.
Eventually Ingrid meets Stan, and as the pages come to a close we know that her heart and life have become secure.

My Heart in a Suitcase
Fox, Anne. Edgware, England: Vallentine Michell, 1996.

Anne Fox's Kindertransport memoir

Non Frangimur: My First Six Decades
Bowers, Klaus D.. Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse, 2005.

Kind Klaus D. Bowers recounts his comfortable early childhood in Germany, the tough transition to refugee life in England, his outstanding academic career at Oxford, and his thirty-three years with AT&T's Bell Labs during its glory days.

Not With Silver Spoon
Avrays, Harry. Sharon Press, 1989.

Harry Avray's Kindertransport memoir

Nuremberg and Beyond: The Memoirs of Sigfried Ramler from 20th Century Europe to Hawaii
Ramler, Sigfried . Ahuna Press, Hawaii, 2009.

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The book begins with Sig's childhood in Vienna and follows him at age 14 on the Kindertransport to London, where he experienced the Blitz as well as V-1 and V-2 rocket attacks.

After the war, his facility with languages brought him to one of the defining moments of his life: the Nuremberg trials. Working in the new field of simultaneous translation, Sig came face to face with the war’s criminals: Göring, Hess, Höss, and Hitler’s architect, Speer. A meeting with a pretty Hawaiian-Chinese court reporter, Piilani Ahuna, led to marriage and a journey to Hawaii.

Pearls of Childhood: The Poignant True Wartime Story of a Young Girl Growing Up in an Adopted Land
Gissing, Vera. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988.

Vera Gissing's account of her life in Prague and in England, where she was one of the Kinder.

Shedding Skins
Wolff, Marion. San Luis Obispo, California: Central Coast Press, 2004.

The Girl with Two Suitcases
Baram, Myra. Sussex, England: The Book Guild, 1988.

Kind Myra Baram tells the story of her life from Berlin to Nethanya, Israel

The Ninth of November
Zurndorfer, Hannele. London: Quartet Books, 1983.

Hannele Zurndorfer left Dusseldorf in May 1939 on a children's transport with her younger sister. She ends her story with the last letter she received from her father.

The Salzburg Connection: An Adolescence Remembered
Lieberman, J. Nina. New York: Vantage Press, 2004.

The Tiger in the Attic: Memories of the Kindertransport and Growing Up English
Milton, Edith. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

They Found Refuge
Bentwich, Norman. London: Cresset Press, 1956.

Norman Bentwich writes of his involvement with the Kindertransport movement.

Three Lives in Transit
Selo, Laura. London: Excalibur Press, 1992.

The autobiographical story of three sisters who traveled from Prague to London.

Throw Your Feet Over Your Shoulders: Beyond the Kindertransport
Stolzberg Korobkin, Frieda . Devora Publishing, 2008.

In Throw Your Feet Over Your Shoulders: Beyond the Kindertransport,Frieda Stolzberg Korobkin presents a compelling, powerful and vividly described odyssey of her life as a six-year- old child sent by her parents (along with her siblings) from their home in Vienna, Austria to the relative safety of England. It is December 1938, and Friedl's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her sisters and brother on a kindertransport to England - organized by Rabbi Solomon Schonfeld.

Time Zones: A Journalist in the World
Schlesinger, Joe. Toronto: Random House Canada, 1990.

Voices: Compassoinate Education- Kindertransport

Kindertransport Voices

This is the story of Alan Ernest Peters, born Ernst Pfeffer, December 17, 1923, in Vienna, Austria. According to Alan, he lived a somewhat normal life, remarking that “I had few concerns beyond typical teenage problems.” In May 1939, Alan's life completely changed. He left Vienna and traveled to England on a Kindertransport.

The video-taped segments come from two sources: a KQED-TV, San Francisco presentation, Bay Window: My Knees Were Jumping, aired October 23, 1998, and a 1990 Holocaust Oral History Project-San Francisco interview.

When Time Ran Out: Coming of Age in the Third Reich
Zeller, Frederic. Sag Harbor, New York: Permanent Press, 1989.

Frederic Zeller's story of his childhood in Berlin and escape to Holland, where he joined a Kindertransport.
 

 
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