KINDERTRANSPORT IN THE NEWS (2021)

 

Wells Maltings plan events for Holocaust Memorial Day

The centrepiece of the Maltings commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day is FÜR DAS KIND / For the Child, a major photographic exhibition by artists Rosie Potter and Patricia Ayre.

The pair asked survivors to share the personal belongings that accompanied them as children on the Kindertransport. Very often these objects were the last physical contact the children had with their parents. The exhibition opens in the Maltings Handa Gallery on January 18, until January 29.

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Pocket dictionary that opened new life chapter for Kindertransport girl

With its frayed leather cover and well-thumbed pages, it is an ordinary German-to-English dictionary.

But for one of the last Jewish children to flee Vienna after the Nazis took power, this was a vital tool for her new life in Britain. The book, on show in a new exhibition on the Kindertransport, belonged to Susanne Perl.

Born Susanne Spritzer, she carried it with a ticket onto the train that brought her safely out of Austria, before she found a temporary new home in Edinburgh.

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Kindertransport Which Saved Thousands Of Jewish Children Is Nearly Forgott

It is particularly disappointing to find that the Kindertransport, an important historic chapter, that reflected the best of humanity and should serve of a beacon of hope in the darkest of times, is being forgotten. Now more than ever it is critical that we find new and innovative ways to perpetuate the memory of the Holocaust through education. Not just for the memory of the six million who were murdered and the survivors still with us, but for the generations to come.

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Kindertransport news

“The Story is Here” exhibit ends with tributes to the present-day families and passed-down creative passions of the Minnesotan Kindertransport

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Stories of Kindertransport survivors brought to life in free school program

A FREE educational programme, which highlights Harwich’s pivotal role in the Kindertransport rescue, is being offered to schools across the country.

The lesson plan, which was produced by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and the Harwich Kindertransport Memorial and Learning Trust, will encourage students to learn more about the mission which rescued 10,000 children from the Nazis.

The port of Harwich was the main point of entry for most for the children who came to the UK.

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Britain rescued 10,000 Jewish children

Whenever I used to think of the kindertransport it was with gratitude to the organizers in Europe and Britain. I never gave much thought to the trauma the children and their parents must have gone through. I never stopped to imagine how my mother and her sisters felt having to leave their mother knowing that their father had already been arrested by the Nazis.

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The precious items that tell the real story of the Kindertransport children

An array of priceless belongings tell the story of the Kindertransport at the IWM’s new £30 million Second World War and the Holocaust Galleries in London.

They are three times the size of the museum’s award-winning First World War Galleries, span two floors and see IWM become the first museum in the world to house comprehensive spaces dedicated to the Second World and Holocaust under the same roof.

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Benno Black

Black was one of 10,000 children evacuated to Britain and other countries during the “Kindertransport,” an effort to save Jewish children from what became the Holocaust.

After fleeing Germany on a train in 1939, Black was taken in by a family in England. Later he joined the British Army and went on to fight the Germans in Holland. He never saw his parents again.

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‘Learning my father’s Shoah testimony years later was almost cathartic’

The problem of communicating between generations was tackled in a concluding discussion at the AJR conference.

Danny Kalman, a trustee of the AJR, who chaired the session, is the son of a Kindertransport man from Frankfurt who arrived in Britain in 1939. But as he later made clear, for years he never spoke about his background or even his own Jewish identity. “I am able to be so much more open about things now”, he said.

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London Underground: The beautiful but tragic story behind the statue

Right within the forecourt of Liverpool Street station, parked in front of the entrance, stands a statue of five young children. Their expressions- pensive, confused, wonderstruck- are as immortalised in bronze as the teddy bear the youngest girl is clutching.

The Arrival, by artist Frank Meisler, is a memorial to the 10,000 Jewish children that arrived in Britain, seeking refuge from Nazi tyranny across Europe.

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Exhibit honors humanity in the face of horror

The exhibit "Kindertransport — Rescuing Children on the Brink of War" (a project of the Yeshiva University Museum and the Leo Baeck Institute) tells the story. The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is hosting the exhibit through October in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas and the Greenberg Family Fund for Holocaust Awareness at Beth El Synagogue.

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Teen refugees fleeing the Nazis found 'real love story' at Gwrych Castle

The children arrived at the castle in Abergele in 1939 as part of the 10,000 Jewish refugees who escaped to the UK from Nazi-occupied countries and at the time, only refugees aged 17 or under were allowed into Britain.

Among those were teenagers Herthel and Gerhard, who met at the castle at age 14 before starting new lives in London and later getting married and having two children.

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Erika Schulhof Rybeck

Erika’s father was a decorated First World War veteran who, along with his wife, had converted from Judaism to Catholicism. Her parents shielded Erika from her Jewish ancestry and sent her to a convent school.

Then, in May 1939, Erika’s parents told her the family were emigrating but that she would have to go in advance while they put their affairs in order. Erika, then 10, did not realise she was being placed in Kindertransport. Neither did she realise she would never see her parents again.

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Ein Karussell mit Widerstand

Article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine on the new Kindertransport memorial and exhibit opening in Frankfurt.

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Kindertransport - when Yorkshire banded together to bring child refugees to

In 1989, a couple of dozen people assembled at the Carlton Hotel in Bradford. Many had not seen each other for half a century.

They had all been invited by Albert Waxman, a textile magnate.
Exactly 50 years before their gathering, shortly before the Second World War, they had all met as child refugees in what was then called the Bradford Kindertransport Hostel.

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‘Kindertransport’ at the American Swedish Institute

An exhibition at the American Swedish Institute – actually two exhibitions, but related – asks us to look back more than 80 years to another time when children were separated from their parents, who believed they had no choice but to let them go.

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OPINION: Time to follow my dad’s example

Barbara Winton, daughter of the late Sir Nicholas Winton who organised the Kindertransport, draws parallels between the plight of Afghan refugees and those fleeing the Nazis

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From Kindertransport to the White House

For nearly four decades, Hella Pick, the doyenne of British diplomatic correspondents, had a front-row seat at the events that shaped the postwar age.

But in her newly published memoirs, “Invisible Walls: A Journalist in Search of Her Life,” the pioneering female reporter reveals her constant and continuing struggle with feelings of insecurity about her identity. Pick traces that sense of herself as an outsider back to March 1939 when she arrived in London on the Kindertransport.

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Hi-de-Hi! fans display memorabilia for first time

The Hi-de-Hi! display is part of an exhibition showcasing the history of the Warners holiday camp at Dovercourt that hosted thousands of kindertransport children who fled the Nazis to Britain and was transformed into a military base during World War Two.

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Bid for Kindertransport memorial in Essex town

A Kindertransport memorial is set to be erected in the Essex port town of Harwich to commemorate the child refugees who came to the town.

The planned statue, which is in construction by artist Ian Wolter, will show five children descending from a ship’s gangplank. Also planned is a town trail, audio bench and new information boards which will be strategically placed around the town.

However, it will only be realised if £140,000 is raised – with around £70,000 already raised so far.

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Kindertransport exhibit

The long wall at the back of the gallery is covered with blank cardboard tags. They’re the same size as tags pinned to more than 10,000 Jewish children who escaped Nazi Germany through the Kindertransport.

The image is one piece in the “Kindertransport — Rescuing Children on the Brink of War” exhibit that runs through Oct. 31 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. A suitcase, favorite toys, a knitted scarf, books tell stories of the children’s lives.

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Oswestry Kindertransport refugee and IT entrepreneur

A Kindertransport refugee who was educated in Shropshire and went on to become a ground-breaking global IT entrepreneur is set to be honoured.

Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley Companion of Honour will return to Oswestry on August 26 to unveil a blue plaque commemorating her outstanding contribution to British life and formative years in Oswestry.

Dame Stephanie arrived in the UK on one of the last Kindertransport trains out of Vienna. In 1962 she started her software business from home.

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Minnesota's last survivor offers lesson in history

Benno Black is the last known person in Minnesota who participated in the kindertransport.

In July 1939, he boarded a train with other Jewish children bound for England, carrying a leather suitcase with his school notebook, pressed flowers from his mother, family photos and a few other mementos. He was 13.

Eighty-two years later, the contents of that suitcase and Black's poignant journey are part of a new exhibit at the American Swedish Institute.

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Karey Kirkpatrick to direct Irish/Austrian co-production Faraway Home

Faraway Home is a tragic yet beautiful story, the journey of two young Jewish children sent by their parents away from Nazi-occupied Austria during World War Two on the Kindertransport to London, where they finally end up at a Jewish refugee farm in Northern Ireland.

Based on true events, it is a story that finds hope and even laughter in the midst of great pain.

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American Swedish Institute’s Kindertransport Exhibition

A wall of blank tags fills the side of the Osher Gallery at the American Swedish Institute, each one representing the tag worn by a child who was transported out of Nazi-occupied territory before World War II. It’s half of the American Swedish Institute’s two-part exhibition on the most successful organized effort to rescue Jewish children before the Holocaust: "Kindertransport".

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Lucy Lang

Born in Vienna, Austria, Lucy Lang travelled on the Kindertransport, with her sister, Erica Jesselson. She was featured in “Kindertransport–Rescuing Children on the Brink of War,” a 2018 exhibition, and spoke at the opening. She was also a participant in Names, Not Numbers, a Holocaust documentary film project in which high school students interview survivors about their experience.

The Yeshiva University community joins in mourning the loss of an extraordinary, elegant and generous woman

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Anita Hoffer

Born in Berlin, Germany on June 3rd 1933 and died at the age of 88 in Boca Raton, FL. Anita immigrated to the US after escaping the Holocaust and a few years in England. Anita was raised by her grandparents in Vineland, NJ.

Anita had been saved by the kindertransport and found her connection when she became a part of the organization. She served as President of the South Florida chapter of the Kindertransport Association for many years.

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Livermore Shakespeare Festival presenting live staged reading

Members of Livermore Shakespeare Festival (LSF) will reopen the doors for a staged reading of Diane Samuel's "Kindertransport" at 7 p.m. July 22.

"Kindertransport" follows the story of fictional Eva Schlessinger, who is transported away from her parents in Germany to live with a foster family in England, with events based on real life stories of Kindertransport children.

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I remember the Gestapo arriving at my house and taking my mother away

From the kindertransports to the arms of JFK, meet the pioneering writer, Hella Pick, that blazed a trail few could follow
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Dr. Ruth trying to get play about her life to Broadway

Famed sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer is trying to get a one-woman show about her life, “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” to Broadway.

The play follows Westheimer’s life from her childhood as part of a Kindertransport in 1939, which brought German children to an orphanage in Switzerland, through her move to the States and meteoric rise to world-famous sex therapist.

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Bea Green, Kindertransport Survivor Honored with MBE

Congratulations to Bea Green, Kindertransport Survivor,friend of the KTA, on her MBE!

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Testimony by Kindertransport and Child Survivor Margot Lobree

he Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies invites the public to an online program with Margot Lobree, who escaped Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport to the UK in April 1939. The session will be moderated by Appalachian State professor Chris Patti, and will take place on Thurs., July 22, from 9:00 - 11:00 am EDT

The program is free and open to the public. To register please go to https://appstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcld-Gsrj0rE9TknwxP737Xu-JTq8TfrT_Y

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My Mother's Escape to Freedom on the Kindertransport"

Presented by Linda Mason Waldroup, whose mother was one of the 10,000 children who were on the Kindertransport to U.K. in 1939.Doris Mason, who was born Doris Franzelore Goldschmidt in Germany in 1930, was one of the 10,000 children who were on the Kindertransport to U.K.

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Free Online Course for educators on Kindertransport

The Parkes Institute at the University of Southampton (UK) is running a free course on the Kindertransport. It is designed for educators but may be of interest to others. The course will run over 3 weeks (5-23 July) with a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous activities, participants will also have access to an online exhibition curated for the course.

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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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