KINDERTRANSPORT IN THE NEWS (2021)

 

Harwich Kindertransport memorial

A FUNDRAISING effort towards the installation of a poignant stature to help mark Harwich’s role in the Kindertransport rescue has hit a milestone amount of money.

A bronze statue is being created to commemorate the child refugees who escaped Adolf Hitler’s reign of terror in parts of Europe ahead of the Second World War.

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Lore Segal to be inducted in NY State Writers Hall of Fame

Lore Segal, Kindertransport Survivor and longtime KTA member who was a speaker at the very first KTA conference at the Nevele Hotel in the Catskill Mountains of New York State in November 1990, is to be inducted into the NY State Writers Hall of Fame on June 8!

tickets here: https://bit.ly/3wY35od

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Dr. Ruth psyched to see a new Hamptons play on her life

Dr. Ruth, who was born in Germany, was part of a Kindertransport in 1939. She considers herself an “orphan of the Holocaust,” not a “survivor,” explaining, “I was not in a camp, but my family did not survive.”

Dr. Ruth says she considers the play — and also a Hulu documentary called “Ask Dr. Ruth” — as “a gravestone to my parents who don’t have graves.”

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Reform Judaism says government’s immigration plans breach international law

Reform Judaism evoked [sic] the Kindertransport as it warned that the Home Office’s tougher new immigration plans would breach international law.

“The Reform Movement’s argument is heartfelt because under the Home Office proposals Jewish refugees who fled to the UK from mainland Europe in the 1930s, including the Kindertransport, would in 2021 not be protected,” the movement said on Thursday.

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'Vitality of Suffolk and Essex cultural life' shown in Great British Railwa

BBC's Great Railway Journeys have highlighted "the vitality of cultural life" in Suffolk and north Essex in its latest series. The railway history show sees Michael Portillo travel from Saxmundham down to Dedham.

Mr Portillo takes the Great Anglia service to Ipswich so he can change for Felixstowe and catch the ferry to Harwich, and explore the Kindertransport that allowed Jewish refugees to flee the Nazis.

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Statue of unsung hero seen for the first time

Trevor Chadwick, nicknamed the 'Purbeck Schindler', helped Sir Nicholas Winton rescue 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia before the Second World War.

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Kindertransport Association donates to TACT

The KTA has a threefold mission: To Connect Kindertransport Survivors and the next generations, to Educate about the Kindertransport and Holocaust History, and to Support children at risk today.
The funds will go towards ensuring that the unaccompanied asylum seeking children in our care are fully supported and appropriately matched with knowledgeable, well-trained and compassionate carers.

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Dr. Ruth given honorary doctorate

Born in Germany into a religious Jewish household in 1928, Westheimer was sent to Switzerland on the Kindertransport at age 10.

Westheimer became a household name after she launched her radio show in 1980.

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Popular events in Harwich given extra funding boost

TOWN favourite events have been boosted by grants. Harwich Kindertransport Memorial Project was awarded £1,000 to help keep up the important work of commemorating the town’s crucial role in caring for the evacuated children during World War II.

"Harwich's role in the Kindertransport is something we should be very proud of and Harwich Town Council is delighted to be part of this fantastic project."

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Holocaust Survivor Recounts Escape On Yom Hashoa

Joe Hess, who was born in 1932, is a survivor. He escaped Nazi Germany via the Kindertransport at the young age of 6 after being separated from his parents. Hess, who now lives at the Village at Northridge Senior Living Facility, said his journey took him from Germany to London, and ultimately the United States.

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Holocaust survivor recounts leaving her family

On this Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, 98-year-old survivor Anita Weisbord recounted the painful decision her mother made to send Anita at age 16 by herself to England.

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Jewish cartoonists who fled the Nazis

A new exhibition in New York features artworks by three Jewish artists who fled Vienna during the Anschluss. The artists are Lily Renée, Bil Spira and Paul Peter Porges, whose comic books, drawings, cartoons and caricatures are on view

Lily Renée, an artist born in 1921 who celebrates her 100th birthday this year, got out through the Kindertransport. Peter Porges created political cartoons for Mad Magazine and the New Yorker. Like Renée, he escaped Vienna through the Kindertransport

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Kindertransport organizer’s kin stresses helping others

Barbara Winton, the daughter of Czech and Slovak Kindertransport organizer Sir Nicholas Winton, urged a virtual crowd of 285 to help others in need like her father did during the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and Kol Israel Foundation’s annual Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah event April 7.

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The scars of Kindertransport children

“Many children who went to foster families in Britain were treated as little more than domestics,” notes Dr. Elisheva van der Hal, a psychotherapist.

“Most of the kinder lost their entire family. Many suffered in the foster homes,” she continues, adding that it also took some time for the authorities to extend sorely needed help to the survivors. “It is only recently, not even 10 years, that the kinder were officially recognized as Holocaust survivors.”

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The Push to Vaccinate 20,000 Holocaust Survivors in New York

A year spent hiding at home from the coronavirus has given Anne Bertolino, 96, a lot of time to dwell on the past: the anti-Semitic abuse she suffered on the streets of Hamburg as a child; the grandparents who pushed for her and her sister to leave the country for their own safety; and her mother, a widow who was killed in Auschwitz.
Anne was on a Kindertransport to Sweden.

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Yom Hashoah to feature Kindertransport founder’s daughter

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland will spotlight Barbara Winton, the daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of children from the Nazis through his organization of the Czech and Slovak Kindertransport, during its annual Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah event from 7 to 8 p.m. April 7.

This year’s Holocaust remembrance event will function under the theme “rescuers,” and it will pay homage to the individuals who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

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Tributes to ‘wonderful, jovial’ kinder who inspired survivors to make aliya

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a remarkable kindertransport refugee who supported survivors of Belsen. Herbert Haberberg, 96, who used his Yiddish to convince destitute victims of the Nazis to move to the young Jewish state.

Herbert was advised by World Jewish Relief that he was more useful to them in Germany than Israel, and stayed there until he was demobilised in 1948. He got married and became a successful metal trader — as did his brother, Manfred, living in Cockfosters.

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Turning 100 ‘nothing big’ for this Toronto man

John Carson, then known as Hans Walfried, was evacuated from Berlin to England as part of the Kindertransport.

Carson, at 17, was technically too old for the Kindertransport, so his age was recorded as 15. His name was changed and he left Germany on Dec. 1, 1938.

After the war, Carson got married and worked in England as a town planner. He moved with his family to Toronto in 1959 and worked for the city as a planner.

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‘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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