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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For Young Readers

A Faraway Island
Thor, Annika. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, New York City, November 10, 2009.

In the summer of 1939 two Jewish sisters from Vienna, 12 year-old Stephie Steiner and 8 year-old Nellie, are sent to Sweden to escape the Nazis. They expect to stay there six months, until their parents can flee to Amsterdam; then all four will go to America. But as the world war intensifies, the girls remain, each with her own host family, on a rugged island off the western coast of Sweden.

Children will readily empathize with Stephie's courage. Both sisters are well-drawn, likable characters. This is the first of four books Thor has written about the two girls.

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.

Faraway Home
Taylor, Marilyn. O’Brien Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2009.

Karl and Rosa's family watch in horror as Hitler's troops parade down the streets of their home city - Vienna. It has become very dangerous to be a Jew in Austria, and after their uncle is sent to Dachau, Karl and Rosa's parents decide to send the children out of the country on a Kindertransport.

Isolated and homesick, Karl ends up in Millisle, a run-down farm in Ards in Northern Ireland, which has become a Jewish refugee centre, while Rosa is fostered by a local family.

Finding Sophie
Watts, Irene N. Tundra Books, Toronto, Canada, 2003.

Sophie Mandel was only seven years old when she arrived in London on the first Kindertransport from Germany. She has grown up with a friend of her parents, a woman she calls Aunt Em, and despite the war and its deprivations, she has made a good life for herself in England with her foster mother. She has even stopped thinking about the parents she left behind. Now the war is over, and fourteen-year-old Sophie is faced with a terrible dilemma. Where does she belong?

Good-bye Marianne A Story of Growing Up in Nazi Germany
Watts, Irene N. Tundra Books, Toronto, Canada, 2008.

As autumn turns toward winter in 1938 Berlin, life for Marianne Kohn, a young Jewish girl, begins to crumble. First there was the burning of the neighbourhood shops. Then her father, a mild-mannered bookseller, must leave the family and go into hiding. No longer allowed to go to school or even sit in a café, Marianne’s only comfort is her beloved mother. Things are bad, but could they get even worse? Based on true events, this fictional account of hatred and racism speaks volumes about both history and human nature.

Goodbye, Marianne
Watts, Irene Kirsten. Winnipeg: Scirocco Drama, 1995.

This play is aimed at audiences in grades 4 - 6.

In My Pocket
Sim, Dorrith M.. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1996.

This book is suitable for very young children.

Kindertransport
Drucker, Olga Levy. New York: Henry Holt, 1995.

Olga Levy Drucker's Kindertransport memoir, covering her six years in England and reunion with her parents in 1945. Written for ages 9 - 15.

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

Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer
Robbins, Trina. Lerner Publishing Group, 2011, USA.

In 1938, Lily Renée Wilheim is a 14-year-old Jewish girl living in Vienna. Then the Nazis march into Austria, and Lily's life is shattered overnight. Suddenly, her own country is no longer safe for her or her family. To survive, Lily leaves her parents behind and travels alone to England.

In this graphic novel for readers 10-14, follow the story of a brave girl who becomes an artist of heroes and a true pioneer in comic books.

Liverpool Street
Voorhoeve, Anne C. Ravensburger Verlag, Germany, 2008.

Contained within the story of ten-year-old Ziska (Franziska Mangold) is a whole slice of prewar and wartime history, from Kristallnacht to Auschwitz, from the Kindertransport taking Jewish children to safety in England (hence the title ‘Liverpool Street’) to the varied fortunes of the young refugees, and from wartime sacrifices to deportations to the Isle of Man. This moving novel portrays the growing up of a young girl amongst scenes of great tragedy.

Currently available in German only, translations will soon be released: USA (Penguin); France; Netherlands.

Missing Girls
Metzger, Lois. New York: Penguin USA Viking Childrens Books, 1999.

Lois Metzger's young adult novel features a young main character whose mother was on a Kindertransport.

My Family for the War
Voorhoeve, Anne. Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Press, 2012, USA.

At the start of World War II, ten-year-old Franziska Mangold is torn from her family when she boards the kindertransport in Berlin. Taken in by strangers who soon become more like family than her real parents, Frances (as she is now known) courageously pieces together a new life for herself because she doesn't know when or if she'll see her true family again. Against the backdrop of war-torn London, Frances struggles with questions of identity, family, and love.

Originally published in Germany.

Our Lonely Journey: Remembering the Kindertransport
Smith, Stephen D. . Kirton, England: Paintbrush Publications, 1999.

Remember Me A Search for Refuge in Wartime Britain
Watts, Irene N. Tundra Books, Toronto, Canada, 2000.

Young Marianne has escaped on one of the first kindertransporte organized to take Jewish children out of Germany to safety in Britain.At first Marianne is desperate. She does not speak English, she is not welcome in her sponsors’ home, and, most of all, she misses her mother terribly.

In this companion to Good-bye Marianne, Irene N. Watts has created a memorable character, and a story that is ultimately about hope, not war.

Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport
Hodge, Deborah. Tundra Books, Toronto, Canada, October 2012.

This book, for children aged 10 and older, includes a compilation of accounts of Kindertransport children and is illustrated with archival photographs, paintings by artist Hans Jackson, and quilt squares created by the Kinder commemorating their rescue.

Sisterland
Newberry, Linda. Random House, New York, 2003.

There are two time frames in this novel for young adults that deals with issues of ethnicity, otherness and prejudice. In contemporary Northampton we find Hilly and her friends and family. Her grandmother, Heidigran, suffers from Alzheimer's.

The second time frame - before, during and immediately after the second world war, follows young Sarah Reubens, who is sent from Cologne on the Kindertransport to safety in Northampton.

Teaching "The Children of Willesden Lane"

Website | Facing History and Ourselves

Online resource for secondary school teachers. Includes classroom videos; a documentary profile of the author, pianist Mona Golabek; and a special performance where Mona retells her mother's story, weaving in the piano music from the book. The website complements the book's curriculum guide, created by Facing History and Ourselves

Ten Thousand Children: True Stories Told by Children Who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport
Fox, Anne L. and Eva Abraham-Podietz. Springfield, New Jersey: Behrman House, 1998.

The Children of Willesden Lane. Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival
Golabek, Mona and Lee Cohen. New York: Warner Books, 2003.

Aspiring pianist Lisa Jura was 14 when her family put her on a Kindertransport train in Vienna. Jura's daughter, a pianist, traces the six years Jura spent in London, where she found a surrogate family in the 31 other young refugees at the Willesden Lane hostel.

The Children We Remember
Abells, Chana Byers. London: Julia MacRae Books, 1987.

For 4 - 8 year olds, about children during the Holocaust.
 

 
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