Kindertransport refugee Erich Reich gets knighthood

A man who raised millions of pounds for charity after arriving in the UK as a four-year-old Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied Europe is to become a knight.

Erich Reich, 74, was among 10,000 "Kindertransport" children sent to the UK before the Second World War began.

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Kind Hedy Epstein on hunger strike

BEIRUT - An 85-year-old Holocaust survivor entered the second day of her hunger strike on Tuesday, in protest over the Egyptian government's refusal to allow an international Palestinian solidarity march to enter the Gaza Strip.

"There comes a time in one's life when one has to step up and risk one's own body," she said. "We're in a desperate situation here, but not as desperate as the people in Gaza."

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KInd Hedy Epstein interviewed in Democracy Now

AMY GOODMAN: Tell us a little more about yourself, Hedy. Talk about your early years in Germany and how you survived the Holocaust.

HEDY EPSTEIN: I was born in Germany, and when Hitler came to power, I was eight years old. And my parents quickly realized that Germany was not a place to raise a family under the Nazi regime...In May 1939, I was fortunate to be able to leave Germany on a Kindertransport to England...My parents were not so fortunate. They perished in 1942 in Auschwitz.

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86 year old Ken Wilde gets master's degree

"I'm proof it's never too late to go back to school," Wilde said. "But I don't recommend people wait this long."

He was born Klaus Weiss and grew up in Berlin, where his father ran a family clothing store. He left Germany on a Kindertransport at the age of 15.

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Hospice’s support inspired me to give help in return

A WOMAN touched by the help and support she and her mother received from a charity is saying thanks by becoming a volunteer.

Marilyn, a medical secretary, from Lisvane, said: “Sir Nicholas Winton saved my mother and hundreds of other children and she always wanted to do as much for others as it was a way she could help people to pay back for what people had done for her."

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Exhibit photographs by Rosie Potter and Patricia Ayre

Exhibit photographs by Rosie Potter and Patricia Ayre

Suitcase of memories A tribute to the Winton Children

The National Museum in Prague has an exhibition through December 2009, "Für das Kind: Winton Train: Inspiration by Goodness." Along with paying tribute to this extraordinary man, the exhibition showcases the theme of parental love. As exhibition co-author Potter said at the opening of the show: "It is also dedicated to the parents of the children who had made a great sacrifice by allowing their children to leave, and who thus enabled them to live and become parents and grandparents themselves."

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'Outbreak' show reveals Britain at war

Seventy years after British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told his nation they were at war with Germany, London's Imperial War Museum has an exhibition exploring the outbreak of war in 1939 and the early years."Outbreak 1939" is on until September 2010.

Outbreak 1939 also incorporates the stories and exhibits of a number of children, including an exercise book kept by Celia Horwitz, a German Jewish girl, who arrived in Britain in December 1938 as part of the Kindertransport.

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Jcore wins lottery cash

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £47,000 to the Jewish Council for Racial Equality for a two-year education project on the Kindertransport. The aim is both to reflect the experience of young people who came to Britain to flee Hitler and to understand the lives of child refugees in the UK today.

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Looking Beyond the Glittery Baubles

Tucked into Booth 55 in a showroom at 36 West 47th Street is A. Friedman Trading, where the proprietors, Alex and Evelyn Friedman, specialize in pearls. The pearls are sold only to the trade, but a chat with Mr. Friedman, a Holocaust survivor, is worth the stop. With gentle prompting, he will tell you about his escape to the United Kingdom via the Kindertransport, the rescue mission that saved Jewish children during World War II.

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A duty of care

‘THE stories would have us believe that all Jewish children live happily with their mother and father in a cheerful environment.

Unfortunately, this picture is far too idyllic for dozens of Jewish children. These youngsters grew up, or spent time during their childhood, in children’s homes.

This month, these people have come into the spotlight thanks to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology to the “Forgotten Australians”.

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Well-Traveled Life: Judge Ney’s Memoirs Subject Of Thursday Signing

DENVER — Ever hear of the man who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, studied art, engineered for a space program and then decided to go to law school and became an appellate judge for 15 years?
Former Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Peter Ney did. He’s lived that life, and he also wrote a book, “Getting Here: From a Seat on a Train to a Seat on a Bench.”

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Bristol pupils learn horrors of war from survivors

The world can seem like a safe and familiar sort of place when you're 13 years old and a pupil at the bustling Ashton Park School.

The horrors of war could easily be confined to the grainy photographs in the books during your history lessons.But some Year 9 pupils at the south Bristol school have been taking part in a Conflict and the Media project, during which they've been filming a series of interviews with members of the community who have found their lives torn apart by conflict.

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Thanksgiving is special holiday for Harry Themal

He writes, in the Delaware News Journal: On Nov. 23, 1939, my mother and I landed in Miami after an overnight boat trip from Havana. After a 36-hour bus trip we reached Wilmington, where I have happily lived ever since. I have always been grateful that the relatives whom we joined and who had preceded us to this country wound up in Delaware, a state that reflects the diversity of our country.

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Kristallnacht survivor Rachel Zimbler speaks at the Kelley School of Business. Zimbler was just 10 years old when she left her home in Vienna, Austria.

Kristallnacht survivor Rachel Zimbler speaks at the Kelley School of Business. Zimbler was just 10 years old when she left her home in Vienna, Austria.

Rachel Zimbler recalls Holocaust

“I am going to ask you not to look at me as an 81-year-old lady, but as a 10-year-old,” she said while standing in front of a crowd of students in the Kelley School of Business, “because the events I am going to speak about happened to me when I was 10.”

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Train from Prague to London an emotional journey

Brenda Lewis knew when she headed to Prague in late August she was in for a rollercoaster ride of emotion, even though her mode of transport was a train. “I didn’t know what to expect except that it would be emotional,” said Lewis, of Guelph, whose father Heinze Laufer was one of the 667 children Nicholas Winton brought to safety.

Laufer, who later changed his name to Henry Lewis, died on Christmas Eve in 2007. Brenda Lewis took the trip to honour her father.

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Breaking Jewish News Updates Worldwide

From the Jerusalem Post, coverage of the Nicky Winton trains.

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In Austria, remembering prewar Jewish life, not just death

As a child of 12, Lilly Tauber, 82, whose photo of her grandparents’ shop is in the Linz exhibit,was put on a Kindertransport. She had never traveled alone and still remembers waving goodbye to her parents on the platform.

Tauber never saw either of them again.

"I can't forget what happened 70 years ago, whatever they say," she said. "I'm sure some [politicians] mean it honestly. But with some people, I'm not so sure if they mean it or if they say it's enough talking about it already."

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‘Till we have built Jerusalem in England’s green and pleasant land’ (1998/2007)

‘Till we have built Jerusalem in England’s green and pleasant land’ (1998/2007)

Gustav Metzger: 1959-2009, Serpentine Gallery, London

Metzger, who arrived in Britain from Nurenburg at the age of 12 on a Kindertransport (and whose parents subsequently perished in the Holocaust), remains a radical and his relentless, revolutionary political stance places him at a vast remove from the insistent commercialism and banal self-indulgence of the contemporary art world. He once suggested that artists suspend commercial production for three years as a protest against capitalism

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Call for Papers-The Kindertransport to Britain: Developments in Research

The Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies invites contributions to Volume 13 of the Yearbook, which is to appear in 2011. If you wish to offer a contribution to this volume, please send a synopsis of around 300 words to Dr Andrea Hammel, email: a.hammel[at] by 1 March 2010. If accepted, your paper will have to be submitted for peer review by 1 September 2010.

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To be British and Jewish

As a Jew my feelings toward Britain have always been mixed. My grandmother and her siblings came to Britain on the Kindertransport in 1939 with 10,000 other Jewish children. This British hospitality very likely saved their lives and certainly afforded them freedom and opportunity in beginning life anew. On the other hand their brother was slain in the infamous Hadassah Convoy Massacre of April 13th 1948 that was directly facilitated by the British.

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The Galilee region has something for everyone

Lunch overlooking the sea at Kibbutz Lavi was a culinary and scenic delight. The religious-Zionist kibbutz in the lower Galilee was established in 1949 by a youth organization from England, many of whom had escaped the Holocaust through the kindertransport. Its first-class, ultra-modern hotel, surrounded by lavish gardens, was recently renovated and the rooms were fully booked.

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Interview with Gustav Metzger

The current exhibition at London’s Serpentine Gallery of the work of influential Jewish artist, Gustav Metzger marks the 50th anniversary of the date when Metzger decided to abandon painting to use everyday objects in his art as a critique of the terrible wastage of consumer society. Now aged 83, he continues to make new work that acts as a wake-up call to the public.

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Bahad-Bnei Akiva youth movement exhibit

The Testimony House for the Heritage of the Holocaust in Moshav Nir Galim, near Ashdod, opened its galleries last week to an exhibit documenting the Bahad-Bnei Akiva youth movement's activities in promoting Zionism in pre-World War II Britain. Attendee Max Kopfstein was born in Berlin and now lives in Kibbutz Lavi, in the Galilee. Kopfstein, whose life was saved by the Kindertransport, told the Post that he "had a soft landing in England, and was hosted by a rabbi originally from Berlin.

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Siegfried Ramler: Witness to history

Born and raised in Austria, with two elder sisters settled in the nascent Zionist state of Palestine, Ramler was transported out of the country just before war broke out.

Ramler's experiences at the Nuremberg trials are fascinating and form the heart of his new book.

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Gustav Metzger: the liquid crystal revolutionary

In 1939, Metzger and his brother came to Britain via the Kindertransport. The rest of his family stayed in Germany. His two sisters eventually got out via Sweden. In 1943 his father was deported to Poland.His mother followed. They died. "Died," Metzger repeats softly.

Gustav Metzger's art is at once playful and aggressive, plainly sincere, and powerfully, brutally direct.

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Wily Ernest is still going great guns

On Monday evening, I went to the 80th birthday party of the most dedicated football man I know. Ernest Hecht is the owner-chairman of Souvenir Press, a wonderfully eccentric publishing house that has remained proudly independent since it was set up in 1951.

Hecht arrived in England with his mother on the Kindertransport at the end of the 1930s, a young Jewish child escaping Nazi terror.

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Memories of fleeing Nazis as a child

The haunting images - all associated with Nazi atrocities and humiliation of Jewish people - speak to an era that's back in the news, as the world celebrates the 70th anniversary of a triumph of the human spirit, the Kindertransport.

In May 1939, 12-year-old Vera Coppard-Leibovic and her father were ushered into a room in Berlin, where 100 children were waiting to take the Kindertransport.

In each corner of the room, a black-shirted Nazi stood guard with a German shepherd.

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The action hero in my wallet

For the past seven years, whenever I have tried to wrestle a stamp or a library card out of my overcrowded wallet, a yellowing and much- folded newspaper cutting has fallen to the floor.

Last week, I opened a daily newspaper and saw the same face that looks out at me every day from the cutting.

In 1938, when Nicholas Winton was 29, a friend suggested he cancel their annual skiing holiday and instead go to Czechoslovakia to visit Jewish refugee camps. What he saw there horrified him.

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Kindertransport letter discovered

A previously undiscovered letter relating to the Kindertransport has been found in a house in Manningtree.

Doreen Parsons, aged 76, discovered the letter, written on March 10, 1939, in a study at Lawford Place in 1963 after the death of her husband Newman but only ever told her family.

Now she wants to find out more information about the letter, which invites German children who were saved from Nazi persecution, to live at her father-in-law, William Parsons, house.

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Hanna Slome shares her memories with reporter Caroline Tilley

Hanna Slome shares her memories with reporter Caroline Tilley

Harwich: Kindertransport survivors share memories

Hanna Slome, 84, was 14 when she was put on a Kindertransport train to Harwich by her mother in May 1939.

She said: “When my mother said goodbye she said ‘if anything happens to me don’t cry for me. I’m dying for my beliefs.’ “That left me with something to hang onto.”

She never saw either of her parents again, both died during the Second World War.

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War refugee pays tribute to saviour

With World War II imminent, a tearful Bob Fantl waved goodbye to his mother and sister in Prague and boarded a train to safety, knowing he might never see them again.

The Wellington, New Zealand, man was one of 669 Jewish children transported out of the Czech capital by Sir Nicholas Winton in 1939, saving them from the Nazis and concentration camps.

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Wartime friends re-united after 30 years

A Lancashire woman has told of her joy at discovering a youngster who stayed with her family during the war is still alive – after believing he had been dead for 30 years.
Rolf Hertz, who is Jewish, fled Nazi Germany when he was 11 to stay with the family of Edith Johnston, 94, at Brackenbury Street, Preston, on the outbreak of war in 1939.

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Edgware woman relives Kindertransport

Hana Kleiner, 82, was just 12 when on July 30, 1939, her and sister Sonja, 13, said a tearful goodbye to their parents and boarded a train from Czechoslovakia to London.

She knew nothing of the horror that awaited those she left behind in her home town Hradec Králové, where 1,096 Jewish people were killed and only 99 survived.

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Rosh Hashanah In a Nazi Prison

In October 1938 Chaskel, along with close to 20,000 Polish Jews living in Germany, was deported to Poland, torn from his wife and children.

For months Chaskel corresponded from Poland with his wife and finally convinced her to send their children to Belgium with a kindertransport. He desperately wrote to all their friends, acquaintances and contacts in England, trying to obtain a visa for himself and his wife so that they could reunite there and bring their children to England.

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Winton re-enactment train arrives in Harwich.

Winton re-enactment train arrives in Harwich.

As Hanna fled Nazis, mum urged: ‘Don’t weep for me’

Hanna Slome was 14 when she was put on a train from Prague to Harwich in May, 1939.

Little did she know it would be the last time she saw her mother’s face.

She is one of 20 from Winton‘s trains who joined more than 100 descendants to retrace the journey on Friday, marking 70 years since the historic event.

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A debt to the persecuted

Fritz Spiegl was a flautist, joker and composer of the Z-Cars theme. Until he died some years ago, I didn't know that as a boy fresh from his Kindertransport, he had been taken in by Captain David Margesson, Chamberlain's imperious chief whip.

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WWII rescue train trip recreated

From the BBC: A train carrying evacuees who escaped the Holocaust has been met in the UK by the man who arranged their rescue ahead of the start of World War II.

It marks the 70th anniversary of trains organized by Sir Nicholas Winton that carried 669 mostly Jewish children to the UK.

In a speech to several hundred people gathered at the station, Sir Nicholas told the former evacuees: "It's wonderful to see you all after 70 years. Don't leave it quite so long until we meet here again."

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Nicholas Winton with Tal Cohain, whose grandmother Hanna Slome was rescued by Winton's Kindertransports.

Nicholas Winton with Tal Cohain, whose grandmother Hanna Slome was rescued by Winton's Kindertransports.

Jews recreate kindertransport train trip

From the Jerusalem Post, article on the Winton train: It took 70 years for this reunion, but when the vintage steam train pulled into London with a group of elderly Holocaust survivors, the emotions started to flow.

The three-day trip from Prague - by rail and ferry - recreated the fateful journey the survivors made as children, part of the "kindertransports" organized by Winton that carried 669 mostly Jewish children to safety in England.

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British "Schindler" to meet children he saved

LONDON - British war hero Nicholas Winton, who helped evacuate hundreds of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia before World War II, will meet on Friday some of the people he saved from Hitler's death camps.

He managed to bring 669 mostly Jewish children on eight trains to Britain through Germany in 1939 but the ninth train with 250 children never left Prague because the war broke out. None of the 250 children on board was ever seen again.

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The Nicky Winton Train leaves Prague September 1, 2009

Train from Prague carries kids who escaped Nazis

The associated Press covers the 70th anniversary of the kindertransports from Czechoslovakia. Sir Nicholas Winton, a Briton, arranged eight trains to carry 669 mostly Jewish children through Germany to Britain at the outbreak of World War II.

Now 100 years old, Winton will be in London on Friday to greet the train's 170 passengers, including 22 he saved.

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Retracing a life-saving journey

From the BBC, coverage of the Nicky Winton train.

More than 100 people will travel between Prague and London; among them 20 of Winton's children, now with children and grandchildren of their own.

They are part of an extraordinary worldwide family which owes its existence to the man who, at the age of 100, will once again stand on the platform at Liverpool Street to welcome them.

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I'll bring Nazi to justice

KURT Gutmann was only a boy when he was spirited away from the horrors of Sobibor to seek refuge among kind strangers in Scotland.

But more than seven decades after his escape aboard the Kindertransport, Mr Gutmann is to realise his life's ambition by testifying in one of the last Nazi war criminal trials.

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London exhibition recalls history of first child refugees

KTA member Celia Lee is featured in article about the the exhibition Outbreak 1939 at the Imperial War Museum in London. The exhibit looks at the mass evacuation of 2 million children from London and other British cities days before the war started in early September, 1939.

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London Commemorates World War II Outbreak in Britain

German Jewish Celia Horwitz was part of the Kindertransport and was evacuated when in England.

“Oh, it was so many moves at first and you know people said it must have been traumatic. And I thought: ‘Traumatic?’ I didn’t have time to think about it... You know when I think about the war and Hitler in particular, it just shouldn’t happen. Religion should never be the main cause of a war. I mean, how can you kill people for being one religion, one color, where does it stop?”

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The German refugee exiled again - on a dairy farm in Norfolk

When Celia Lee was evacuated from London to Norfolk at the outbreak of war, it was the second time in less than a year that she had been uprooted.

The previous winter she was among the 10,000 Jewish children evacuated from Germany and surrounding countries as part of the Kindertransport, an attempt to get as many of them as possible out of the Nazis’ reach. Then, she was Cilly-Jutta Horwitz, a 12-year-old from Hamburg. She would never see her father again.

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Eva Hesse:The legacy of a life cut short – works as frail as their creator

Hesse was born in Hamburg in 1936 to a family of observant Jews. At two, she was put on a Kindertransport, first to Holland, then England and finally, in 1939, to America. Thirty years later, in New York, she was diagnosed with the brain tumour from which she died, aged 34. Her career as an artist had lasted 10 years.

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Returning ‘home’ after fleeing on the Kindertransport

Craig A. Spiegel writes, in the Cleveland Jewish News, of his trip with his mother, Cleveland resident Thea Lange Spiegel, to a reunion of Kindertransport Kinder in Gdansk (formerly Danzig), Poland.

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R.I.P., David Marc Fischer, Devoted Blogger and Extraordinary Friend

A tribute to KT2 member David Fischer. There are no words to describe the sadness we feel at the death of David, the man behind (among many other projects and passions) Blog About Town, who was a friend of mine. I could never match his generosity or his ingenuity in getting fellow New Yorkers to ditch their work-crazed ruts and get together, out to dinner, out to a play.

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My Father, The Inglourious Basterd

Quentin Tarantino's Nazi revenge movie may have plenty of drama but the real story is even better. Kim Masters on the heroic band of Jewish commandos known as X Troop.

My father was an Inglourious Basterd. Actually, he was the opposite of that. But he was a Jewish commando in the British Army during World War II.

A native of Vienna, he belonged to a secret unit made up of refugees from the Nazis. They went on reconnaissance missions in enemy territory and much more.

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Michael Steinberg remembered

Born in Breslau in 1928, Michael was one of 10,000 Jewish children saved from Nazi Germany in the Kindertransport. After immigrating to the U.S., he trained as a musicologist and became a renowned music writer.

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Music writer Michael Steinberg dies

Michael Steinberg, widely recognized as one of the most important writers on classical music of our time passed away this morning at age 80.

Born in Germany in 1928, he spent part of his childhood in England via the Kindertransport. It was in England that he first discovered his love of music. In his book "For the love of Music: Invitations to Listening" co-authored with Larry Rothe, Steinberg revealed it was not in a concert hall, but in an alley behind a movie theater.

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Curtis Mann, Holocaust survivor, lawyer, dies

Curtis L. Mann, a lawyer and Holocaust survivor, died Saturday (July 25, 2009) at Brooking Park in Chesterfield. He was 83.

Mr. Mann was born in Frankfurt, Germany. At 13, he boarded a Kindertransport which would take him to England. "The children were of school age, from about 6 to 17, and they had one thing in common: They were the lucky ones... This was an escape from almost certain death in the extermination camps of the Holocaust," Mr. Mann wrote in a 1989 article.

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Students learn from Holocaust survivor

More than 75 students listened to Holocaust survivor Walter Kammerling talk about his personal experiences as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Mr Kammerling was among thousands of Jewish children evacuated from Austria under the Kindertransport scheme. He was born in 1923 in Vienna and was 14 when Nazi Germany occupied Austria.

Mr Kammerling's parents sent him to Britain on the Kindertransport. He was 15, but his sisters, 17 and 18, could not join him.

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Holocaust survivor Susi Bechhofer gives talk to Perry Barr pupils

PUPILS at a Birmingham school learned first hand about the horrors of the Holocaust when they were visited by a survivor of the Nazis’ efforts to exterminate all Jews during the 1930s and 40s.

Susi told the pupils how she escaped to London with her twin sister on the Kindertransport taking Jewish children out of Germany, and how her identity was changed by the childless Welsh minister and his wife who adopted them.

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More excerpts from the life of a refugee

Retired Sheffield teacher Inge Joseph, who came to Britain as a 12-year-old refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria, has had a third volume of her memoirs - My Darling Diary – Vol III - published.
The honesty and frankness of her diary-keeping (using the pen name Ingrid Jacoby) has already caught widespread attention through Radio 4 programmes Message to Myself and Woman's Hour.

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Baders have castle named in their honour

When he was 14, Alfred Bader was sent out of Austria on a kindertransport. He ended up interned in Canada.

By 1941, he had applied to Canadian universities. Toronto and McGill rejected him, having decided that they had enough Jews already. Queen's, however, accepted the young man, who eventually completed degrees in history and chemistry.

At the party in his honour Bader said he still appreciated what the university had done to help him get his start decades ago.

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Berlin to Bonfils: A theatrical life

Henry Lowenstein was born July 4, 1925, and grew up in Berlin, where his parents hosted nightly parties for artists of all kinds. One of his father's best friends was composer Kurt Weill, who worked out his masterpiece "The Three penny Opera" on the Lowenstein family piano.

Lowenstein's war stories are harrowing. At 13, he was part of an illegal scout troop that met in secret to swap tips on staying alive. "We were naïve as hell," he said. But we were doomed if we stayed."

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A return participant in the Maccabiah...59 years later

Joe Wohlfarth is affably modest for someone who has represented Great Britain in the Maccabiah games - a quality that is magnified when you discover that he played on the British soccer team twice, in 1950 and 1957, and that he is preparing to represent Israel in the tennis masters, at the age of 77, having made aliya from the UK nine years ago.

Wohlfarth distinctly recalls playing soccer with older children when he arrived in England from Frankfurt on the Kindertransport, aged seven.

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Professor on the frontline in fight to explain casualties of war

Simon Wessely is an internationally renowned expert on Gulf War illnesses.Director of the King's Centre for Military Health Research, his team's work has influenced policy on the health of British armed forces.

"I've never made a secret of the fact that I greatly admire our armed services and feel we don't value them enough.Those feelings have no doubt been influenced by my father's background."As a teenager his dad travelled on the Kindertransport from Prague to Britain to escape the Nazis.

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Harwich: Festival to celebrate Kindertransport

A HARWICH festival is celebrating a very special anniversary.

Harwich Festival of the Arts is marking 70 years since the Kindertransport, when more than 10,000 children, who were mostly Jewish, were shipped to Harwich to escape Nazi oppression. For more information:

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80th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth

Ruth Joseph, whose mother was one of 10,000 child refugees who fled Nazi Germany in the kindertransport, wants every child in Wales to read Anne Frank’s diary as part of their schooling.

Her mother, Judith Heyman, was sent to Britain at the age of 12. She carried the family’s set of candlesticks used to celebrate the Sabbath.

Judith’s parents would not escape the Holocaust. They were taken to Latvia and then killed.

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2 Oneonta men remain witnesses to D-Day, 65 years later

It has been 65 years since D-Day, but the memories haven’t faded for two Oneonta men who fought in the invasion of Normandy, the Allied offensive that was a turning point in Europe during World War II.

Ernest Goodman, who escaped Breslau on a Kindertransport in 1939, was an infantryman fighting with the elite British Coldstream Guards. Both volunteered for the military as Europe during World War II.

Article in the Oneonta Daily Star.

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Memory of Anne Frank brings youngsters together

A Kind works with the Anne Frank Project in Great Britain: St Mary's pupils had a talk from Henry Wuga, originally from Nuremburg, who described being beaten up by the SS and watching Hitler giving a speech. He also recalled how he was treated with suspicion by the authorities when he arrived in Scotland as an asylum seeker and was sent to the High Court in Edinburgh, charged with communicating with the enemy.

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Lest We Forget

The Arlington Human Rights Commission sponsored a talk on the Holocaust by Kind Fred Manasse and Dr. Margot Segall-Blank. The two speakers were children when they saw their native Germany transform from familiar neighborhoods into a place they had to flee.

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Imperial War Museum to Open Exhibition on Build-up to WWII

When plans to evacuate civilians from towns and cities were put into action on 31 August 1939, millions of children’s lives were immediately changed. Outbreak 1939 will incorporate the stories and exhibits of a number of those children, including a teddy bear belonging to a little girl evacuated on 3 September 1939; and an exercise book kept by Celia Horwitz, a German Jewish girl, who arrived in the UK in December 1938 as part of the Kindertransport and was later evacuated to Norfolk.

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The real Inglourious Basterds: Britain's secret Jewish commandos

The troop was recruited from the tens of thousands of refugees who had fled to Britain from the Nazi persecution of the Jewish population before the war.

When war began, they were classified as enemy aliens amid fears of infiltration by fifth columnists, and interned. But as time went by, distrust eased and men of fighting age were freed to join the British Army. These men, including several Kinder, were serious and brave soldiers who risked more than most in World War II.

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Holocaust survivor describes experience to students

Holocaust survivor Felix Weil, 81, tells his life story of survival to Mrs. DiCuirci fifth grade classroom at Xenia Christian School. In the late 1930s, Felix Weil's life was spared from the Holocaust by the Kindertransport. And had it not been for a clerical mistake, Felix Weil of Clayton,Ohio, could not have been at Xenia Christian School this week to share his experiences with the 5th grade class. He probably would not have escaped Hitler's clutches, the horror of the Holocaust, he said.

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Major retrospective of artist Gustav Metzger

Born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1926 to Polish-Jewish parents, Gustav Metzger was evacuated to England with his brother Max/Mendel as part of the Kindertransport in 1939. This overview presented by the Serpentine Gallery represents the influential artist and activist Gustav Metzger's life-long exploration of politics, ecology and the destructive powers of 20th-century industrialised societies. Destruction, creation and transformation lie at the heart of much of Metzger’s art.

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Inglorious? No. Bastards? Never. Meet the real Tarantino war heroes

Like the soldiers portrayed on screen, the men of 3 Troop, 10 Commando, a unit of the British Army that was almost entirely composed of German-speaking Jewish refugees, were motivated by a hatred of Nazism and were sent on secret missions, often behind enemy lines. But any similarities end there.
At the age of Max Dickson arrived in England on a Kindertransport. He never saw his parents again – they died in the Warsaw ghetto.

Mr Dickson retains vivid memories of his wartime experiences.

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Point of view: The teenager who arrested Himmler

Holocaust survivor Guy Bishop passed away on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 21, 2008. Few people know that he arrested Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi responsible for the mass murder of 6 million Jews.

Guy Bishop was born Günther Brüg on April 9, 1926, in Germany and was sent to England on the Kindertransport, in July 1939. With no one to greet him in England, Günther was sent to a refugee camp.

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Human Rights Commission to host Holocaust remembrance event

Arlington, Mass. - The Arlington Human Rights Commission is honored to host “Lest We Forget: Memories and Lessons from the Holocaust” on Thursday, May 21.

Dr. Fred K. Manasse, a child survivor of the Holocaust who witnessed the burning of his synagogue during Kristallnacht, will describe his wartime experiences. He was sent on a Kindertransport to Brussels where he was placed in an orphanage. He escaped to France and over the Pyrenees to Spain and eventually to New York.

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Polish city gets memorial to kids who fled Nazis

A monument was unveiled Wednesday in the Polish port city of Gdansk remembering 10,000 Jewish children evacuated to Britain to save them from the Nazis.

The bronze memorial went up in front of the main train station in Gdansk, a city on the Baltic Sea coast that at the time was Danzig, a free city lost to Germany after World War I.

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A Child's Perspective on the Holocaust, Then and Now

Though Sam Barriskell is nearly 70 years younger than Lilly Drukker, the 13-year-old was keenly aware that in a different time and place, her story could easily have been his.

Drukker was only 11 when the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, and on Sunday, she held Barriskell and an intimate group of his peers rapt at attention as she related the story of her life under Nazi occupation before leaving Vienna and her family for London on a Kindertransport.

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Unlikely Trio Uncover Tales of Wartime Rescues

The feature documentary, "The Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust” which is due out next year, documents the incredible stories of 12 non-Jewish diplomats from 11 countries, who, against the orders of their governments, helped save an estimated 200,000 European Jews during World War II.

The three principals in the project came together last November at the 70th reunion in London of the Kindertransport.

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Council leader's family torn apart by Holocaust

"My grandmother took my father to the platform, put him on a train and waved goodbye knowing it was likely to be the last time she would see her son,” said Rod Bluh. “That takes some kind of courage.”

Rod is well-known throughout Swindon as the tough-talking leader of the borough council. Yet he tells the story of his grandmother and father with emotion in his voice and watery eyes.

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Charity should be part of everyday life, says ambassador

Everybody in Britain should give some of their time or their money to charity as a routine part of life, according to the "ambassador" appointed by Gordon Brown to promote philanthropy.

Dame Stephanie Shirley, a Kind from Austria,who was given the job last week, said philanthropy should be part of everyday life.

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Memorial service honors Holocaust victims, rescuers

Marianne Bern and her sister fled Nazi Germany for England in 1939 though the Kindertransport.

On Tuesday, Bern participated in the third annual Holocaust Remembrance Day service in the Cedar Valley. She lit a candle in memory of victims of the Holocaust and read a self-authored poem about horrors suffered under Hitler's rule.

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Holocaust survivor tells of his terrible experience

A Holocaust survivor who escaped to Britain as a teenager has shared his tragic experiences with students at Wallington County Grammar School.

Harry Bibring, 83, escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna on a Kindertransport train after his father’s menswear business was destroyed during Kristallnacht.

His father later died of a heart attack after being robbed while buying travel tickets and his mother was deported to the Sobibor death camp in Poland in 1942.

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Aiken man tells his story of struggle

Friedel (Fred) Ransenberg was born in Wenneman, Germany, the second oldest of six children. His father, Jakob Ransenberg, an Iron Cross recipient and decorated sergeant in the German Army during World War I, supported his family as a butcher. Before the drastic rise of anti-Semitism, Ransenberg and his brothers played soccer on the local team alongside many Catholic Germans. Fred's older brother was sent away on the Kindertransport. In 1943, at the age of 16, Fred arrived in Auschwitz.

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Parents' Escape From Nazis Inspires Entrepreneur

National Public Radio interviews James Jacobson, a self-professed serial entrepreneur, who feels many life lessons stem from the lives of his parents, who fled Germany and the Nazis as young children, and eventually made their way to St. Louis, where they found each other and married. When his father was 7, he was put on a train with his sister in what later became known as the kindertransport.

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Czech consulate marks two historical events

In a sombre ceremony at the University of Toronto, the Czech Republic recently marked the 70th anniversary of two separate – but ultimately related – events.

On March 14, 1939, the first rescue train of Jewish children, known as the kindertransport, pulled out of Prague, bound for Britain.

One day later, the German army marched into Prague, the Czech capital, transforming a democratic nation into a protectorate of Nazi Germany and dooming its Jewish population.

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World War II refugee recalls ‘Schindler’s List’ of the prairie

Irmgard Rosenzweig got out of Germany in March 1939 on a Kindertransport to England.
She lived in a foster home for more than a year while her parents secretly plotted their escape.
With the help of the American Friends Service Committee, the family was reunited in New York City in the summer of 1940 and offered the opportunity to go to Scattergood,Iowa.
“I was sure it was the Wild West,” Irmgard laughed.

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Sir Richard Attenborough remembers Kindertransport

The 85-year-old director remembers how Helga and Irene Bejach arrived in August 1939, when he was 15. They stayed with the Attenboroughs for seven years before moving to America. Irene died in 1992 and Helga in 2005.

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Interview with KTA member Dr. Heini Halberstam

Dr. Heini Halberstam, KTA member and retired faculty of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana participated in a post-show discussion following the March 30, 2009 performance of My Heart in a Suitcase. As a child, Dr. Halberstam traveled from former Czechoslovakia to England on the Kindertransport.

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Priest seeks Nazi-Ukraine killing trail before it goes cold

KTA member Alfred Traum is featured in article about the Reverend Patrick Desbois and his search for evidence of Nazi crimes in the Ukraine.

'We are running against time,' the French priest said Thursday at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

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KTA member Lisl Schick speaks to students

Lisl Schick,was a guest speaker at a Florida high school in an initiative to bring more awareness of the Holocaust. The assembly was sponsored by the Holocaust Education Resource Council, which provides free materials to teachers.

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The Holocaust: Women’s Stories in Rhode Island

The Providence campus of URI presents “The Holocaust: Women’s Stories — The Will to Survive and Thrive.” It’s not one event but three: two exhibits and one play. The exhibit “My Mother’s Story” is centered on the Kindertransport.

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Ilse Meyer Will Be Missed

All of us know people who inspire us to do great things. If we are really lucky, we might be able to find a rare individual or two who motivate us by their selfless example of giving without seeking recognition for their efforts. Ilse Meyer was one of those people, and her impact on our community will continue to be felt for many years into the future.

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Absent hearts that grew fonder

The love story between KTA member Alfred Bader and his wife, Isabel, will be featured on a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Valentine's Day-themed documentary Friday February 13 at 9pm on The Doc Zone.

Love Interrupted features the stories of several couples who fell in love when young and then spent several decades separated before finally reuniting later in life.

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‘Twin’ project matches survivors and teenagers

The Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey is acting as matchmaker, bringing together bar and bat mitzva students with individual survivors, so that the youngsters can talk to and get to know them and learn what happened to them and their families.

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The little girl who changed our lives

Standing on Cambridge station, a tiny little girl with a shock of dark curls, Suzie Spitzer looked totally bewildered. Just five years old, she was all alone - save for a solitary suitcase.

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My mother made ultimate sacrifice to save us from Nazis

Article in the Coventry Post British newspaper featuring Kinder Susi Bechhofer and Gerda Kerr, who will be attending a Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration with the theme "Stand Up to Hatred."

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