KINDERTRANSPORT IN THE NEWS (2021)

 

‘All learning together, no matter where we are in the world’

World history teacher Faith Shotts-Flikkema led a unit this year focused on the Kindertransport, a roughly nine-month effort that rescued and relocated from Germany to the United Kingdom 10,000 mostly Jewish children before the start of World War II and the Holocaust.

Shotts-Flikkema led the unit in collaboration with two other teachers, one in Virginia and one in Greece. The students participated in a two-week, in-depth study via live video discussions with those other students.

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Kindertransport survivor shares her story

Ruth Barnett MBE, a former teacher and psychotherapist, was evacuated from Berlin at the age of four in 1939, with her elder brother, leaving her parents behind.

Her brother Martin and she spent their early years moving around the south of England, placed in several foster families and a boarding school for bombed-out children during World War II.

Barnett explained that her parents wanted them to be brought up Christian to protect them from antisemitism.

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Francis Deutsch

Francis came to the UK from Austria on the Kindertransport at the age of 13, arriving in Harwich, Essex, speaking no English. At the age of 21, he went back to wartorn Europe for two years to help with the resettlement of German refugees in the International Voluntary Service.

He was an outstanding radical lawyer and a pioneer of legal policy, whose life was driven by a sense of justice, belief in democracy and commitment to support the most vulnerable in society.

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Still in Love

A Kindertransport boy and his loving wife have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Hermi Rothman arrived in England as a Kindertransport refugee in 1939 and was placed at Gwrych Castle in North Wales, which made headlines this year when ITV’s I’m A Celebrity was filmed at the location.

As soon as he was old enough, Mr Rothman joined the British Army out of gratitude to the country that had taken him in.

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A Remarkable Woman: Chaye Sara Jakobovits

Her ordeal began on December 1st, 1938, the day that ten year old Sessy was separated from her beloved mother. It was also the last day that she would ever see her, as her train slowly departed Berlin toward the groups trek to England.

This was the first train of the Kindertransport, a rescue mission undertaken by British Jewish leaders on November 15th a few days after Kristallnacht. The first train had some 260 Jewish children, sixty of them from religious homes.

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Kindertransport refugee Walter Kammerling

Walter Kammerling was among 10,000 Jewish children who fled occupied Europe through the Kindertransport scheme.

His sister, mother and father all died at Auschwitz.

Over years of speaking at local schools, Mr Kammerling told thousands of children how he was put on a Kindertransport train in his native Vienna in December 1938, at the age of 15.

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Tributes paid to two Kindertransport refugees

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to two Kindertransport refugees, Walter Kammerling and Marc Schatzberger, who have died in their mid-90s.

Holocaust educators remembered the Vienna-born survivors, reflecting on their contributions to teaching about the Shoah and the trauma they went through, escaping after Kristallnacht.

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He Saved 669 Children From Nazis — A New Book Tells His Story To Kids

NPR Morning Edition: How old should kids be when they start learning about the Holocaust? While many educators believe the appropriate age is 10, a new book by Caldecott honoree and MacArthur fellow Peter Sís is recommended for children ages 6 to 9.

Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued tells the true story of the Englishman Nicholas "Nicky" Winton, who rescued 669 children from the Nazis, including Vera Gissing.

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The Repair Shop

The widow of a Holocaust survivor sobs on The Repair Shop as the Kindertransport box belonging to her now late husband is restored.

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My grandma's story of escape from Nazi-occupied Austria

Uncle Richard’s arrest changed everything. A Viennese banker, he had been deported to the Dachau concentration camp in 1938, for the crime of being a Jew.

Three weeks after Richard’s arrest, his niece, my grandmother, a nine-year-old girl named Inge Rubner, boarded a Kindertransport west-bound to London, a journey that would save her life. She was one of the lucky few. Millions of others also boarded trains — cattle carts, at gunpoint — bound for the death camps of the east.

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Daughter of renowned sculptor Frank Meisler

Designer of Kindertransport memorial at Liverpool Street Station died in 2018, and now his daughter Marit looks to the challenge of bringing 'a young, new vision' to his legacy

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The Berlin Shadow: Living with the Ghosts of the Kindertransport

Destroyed and divided, then rebuilt and reunified, Berlin is at once defiantly modern and haunted by history. In Jonathan Lichtenstein’s memoir, “The Berlin Shadow,” the city’s ghosts are even more present and powerful in its cafés and streets than in its museums and memorials.

A playwright and professor of drama at the University of Essex, Lichtenstein travels with his father to Berlin from rural Wales, reversing the route of the Kindertransport that both saved and scarred Hans’s life.

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