WG Sebald: ten years on

On Wednesday evening Thomas Marks saw Andrew Motion, AS Byatt and Ian Bostridge celebrate WG Sebald, the great German author of Vertigo and Austerlitz, who died in a car crash a decade ago.

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At Chanukah, Czech Jews marvel at blessings of Havel’s revolution

PRAGUE (JTA) – On the first night of Chanukah, I stood in the splendid reception hall of the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Prague as the ambassador lit the first candle in a gilded menorah.

...Havel had been extremely important. Not just with his condemnation of anti-Semitism, but with the active role he played in addressing issues such as restitution of Jewish property and in awarding one of the highest state honors to Nicholas Winton, who organized the Czech kindertransport.

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BAYT rabbi’s mother tells tale of the Kindertransport

Frieda Korobkin can’t recall the last words her father spoke before she and her siblings boarded the Kindertransport but she does remember the Nazis attacking him on the way.

Her father was Rabbi Nissan Stolzberg and Nazi soldiers had cut off his beard in front of his 4 young children as he walked them to the train station in Vienna in 1938.

Frieda Korobkin spoke to about 250 people Sunday at Beth Avraham Yoseph Synagogue of Toronto, where her son Daniel Korobkin is senior rabbi.

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How a Holocaust Survivor Escaped Into Comics

Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer

This is quite a remarkable little book, by quite an artist-writer duo, on quite a subject. The daughter of a Yiddish journalist and one of the founders of Underground Comix in the late 1960s, Trina Robbins was also a central figure in women’s comics in the 1970s-1990s.

The Lily Renee story, is firstly about the discrimination and persecution suffered by Renee in pre-war Vienna, and her escape via Kindertransport.

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Kindertransport memorial unveiled

On Wednesday in Hoek van Holland, in sight of the gangway where over 70 years ago they embarked for England and freedom, gathered tens of Kinder from all over the world.

They had come for the unveiling of a statue in commemoration of the Kindertransport. The bronze figures of children with their backpacks and cases relate closely to those previously fashioned by the same artist, Frank Meisler, himself a Kind, in Berlin, Gdansk and at Liverpool Street station.

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Robert E. Conot dies at 82; journalist wrote study of the Watts Riots

Injustice was a theme in Conot's early life that he rarely spoke about but which he repeatedly visited in his books, his daughter said.

A native of Austria, he was a child of the Kindertransport. In 1938, when he was 9, he climbed aboard a train — and never saw his parents again.

His father, a lawyer, died in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, and his mother, a professional violinist, perished at Auschwitz, Conot's family said.

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Exhibit sheds light on saving kids from Nazis

“Nicky’s Family,” a documentary film making its debut next month at the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills, opens with two girls peeping through a porthole of a ship leaving eastern Europe, bound for England.

The documentary will be shown Dec. 4 as part of the opening of the Holocaust Memorial Center’s newest exhibit, “The Last Goodbye,” which highlights the rescue of the children through the program known as Kindertransport.

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Kristallnacht commemoration features author Vera Fast

Winnipeg – A community-wide Kristallnacht commemoration was held, with a nearly full house turnout last Wednesday.

On this same date, in 1938, mobs took to the streets in Germany, Austria, and Sudetenland, attacking Jews in the street, their homes, workplaces and synagogues.

Vera Fast, local author and noted historian, recently published Children’s Exodus – A History of the Kindertransport. At the commemoration, she presented The Kindertransport and Beyond event.

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Local Archive Inks Deal with Yad Vashem

Gratz College's 32-year-old Holocaust Oral History Archive contains interviews with more than 900 survivors of the Shoah, amounting to thousands of hours of testimony.

The Melrose Park academic institution has entered into an agreement with Yad Vashem - Israel's official national Holocaust memorial and one of the world's leading research institutions on the Shoah - to back up the thousands of hours of recordings in a digital format.

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The Story of Kind Hans Reiss

November 9th is an important date in German history. It marks the day that the Berlin Wall fell, 20 years ago this month.

The reason it's not a national holiday in Germany, is that the night of November 9th also marks a much darker anniversary: Kristallnacht, the so-called "Night of Broken Glass."

Hans Riess, an 88 year-old resident of Wesley Hills, NY remembers the date well. He was born in Berlin in 1921. On November 9th, 1938 he was 17 years old.

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Macaulay House College: Jewish school in Cuckfield

Perhaps its legacy is best remembered in the words of one of the Kindertransport children writing from America in 1998: ”My stay at Macaulay House College was a crucial part of my life. It gave me temporary security, a classic English education and a sense of stability and order. The English people treated me with dignity and respect, they gave me life and liberty and I shall always love them for it.”

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Percy Jackson’s Grammar School did their bit in dark war days

A Jewish boy, Siegfried Franz Spira arrived via the Kindertransport arrangement and spent a year at Percy Jackson’s Grammar School. He then went on with his father to join his mother in the States where he was to become well-known as Fred Spira with his successful photographic business ‘Spiratone’.

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Faces That Still Haunt

"My mother went into action and managed to get us older kids on the last Kindertransport to France. I was only six. My older siblings knew what was happening, but my mother was afraid I would cry, and said we were going on vacation... I was excited to get on a train, and I said goodbye without even knowing it was goodbye. I never saw Mama or the babies again."

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Dislocation, Memory, and Childhood Explored at Cotsen Library Conference

The focus was on how World War II events dramatically altered the lives of a generation of children.

Five panelists described the profound effects of dislocation on European children who participated in Kindertransport and other evacuation plans. As a result of being separated from their homes, and, sometimes, their families, thousands of young Austrian, British, Canadian, French, German and Hungarian, children had to adjust to new languages and cultures.

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Apple pie is a Good Fast Breaker

"It is our traditional High Holiday dessert," Lewin told me. "We make two, one to serve for dinner before services on the evening of Rosh Hashanah and another to break the fast for Yom Kippur."

Naomi Lewin's mother, Elsbeth, born in Mainz, was 15 in 1939 when the family saw the proverbial handwriting on the wall and applied for exit visas. Then came Kristallnacht, and Elsbeth, one of 10,000 Jewish children saved from the Nazis by the British, was hastily dispatched on the Kindertransport.

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Memories Of Home, In 3D

Maya Zack recreates a 1930s Berlin living room, complete with portents of doom.

Zack is interested in the fallibility of memory: of how even the most vivid images we have in our heads are distorted, misremembered and rendered nearly impossible to replicate.

“Maya Zack: Living Room” opens at The Jewish Museum on July 31, 2011. It runs through Oct. 30. The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Ave. (212) 423-3200.

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Personal Holocaust story on Man Booker longlist

A novel about a Jewish family during the Holocaust by an author who only recently discovered her Jewish heritage could take home this year's Man Booker prize.

The book follows the antisemitism of the time and the family's personal struggles, as well as the experience of a child's escape to England on the Kindertransport.

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'Mummy, what was the Holocaust?'

Dealing with a child's questions about the Shoah demands sensitivity and patience.

Judith Vandervelde, an educator at London's Jewish Museum, runs a seminar entitled, "How do we talk to our children about the Holocaust?"

The museum runs workshops for schoolchildren in year six - both Jewish and non-Jewish. The focus is on stories of bravery and rescue - children often meet Kindertransport refugees.

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How the Girl Guides Helped Beat Hitler

The 1st Cockley Cley Guide Company in Norfolk was made up of Jewish refugee girls who arrived from Germany and Austria on the Kindertransport trains. Through Guiding they found friendship in a country where they knew nobody, could not speak the language and were considered ‘enemy aliens’.

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The buttons showing love

At the Imperial War Museum I came across examples of Kindertransport clothing. From October 1938 until August 1939, the British government accepted almost 10,000 unaccompanied refugee Jewish children, escaping Nazi persecution. What the children wore became for many the only tangible evidence of their past life.

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Truth, Tears and Tolerance: Illinois Holocaust Museum

"We are indeed committed," explains Fritzie Fritzshall, Holocaust survivor and president of the museum. "We are committed to educating the future generation. They must know about the Holocaust, as well as the recent atrocities in Darfur, Rwanda and Bosnia."

And the mission of the museum is succeeding. Since the opening of the museum, over 100,000 students have gone through, led by 140 docents who have undergone an 8-month training program.

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Ruth Stander, National Library of Medicine employee

Ruth Stander, 87, who translated scientific articles in Russian and German into English and then summarized them for a National Library of Medicine publication, died June 6 at her home in Boynton Beach, Fla. She had pneumonia.

Ruth Schlessinger was born near Stuttgart, Germany, to a Jewish family. In the late 1930s, she and two younger siblings were among thousands of Jewish children evacuated to England on Kindertransport trains.

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Tracing Holland’s Forgotten Kindertransport

The transportation of about 10,000 Jewish children to England aboard the Kindertransport is a well-known, if tragically short, episode in the years preceding the Holocaust. But what Miriam Keesing has discovered after three years of dogged research at The Hague is a story much less known — that of Holland’s brief role as a haven for Jewish children.

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Gustav Metzger’s Long Journey From the Kindertransport to the New Museum

Born in 1926, Gustav Metzger has his first solo American exhibit, “Gustav Metzger: Historic Photographs,” at New York City’s New Museum, where his powerfully gritty assemblages can be seen until July 3.

“Gustav Metzger: Decades 1959–2009,” a 2010 publication from Koenig Books, explains how Metzger was born in Nuremberg in 1926 to Polish-Jewish parents. In 1939, Metzger and his brother, Mendel, were brought to England on a Kindertransport, but their parents were murdered in Buchenwald.

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Gustav Metzger: Historic Photographs

“Gustav Metzger: Historic Photographs” is the first US solo museum exhibition of the influential eighty-six-year-old artist and activist Gustav Metzger, and highlights his long engagement with historical trauma and representation. A Kindertransport survivor of the Holocaust, Metzger’s first-hand experience of displacement and destruction shaped his subsequent outlook on the relationship between art and society.

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Jewish nurse and African basketball star's bond of courage

One is an 86-year-old Jewish woman who escaped the Holocaust, the other a 22-year-old African.

But their shared ordeal in fleeing terror and finding a safe haven in Scotland means there is a bond between Rosa Sacharin and Christian Kasubandi.

They met for a new film - Courage:60 Years of the UN Refugee Convention -made to mark Refugee Week next month.

Rosa, who fled Nazi Germany weeks after Hitler launched his onslaught against her people, met Christian in Glasgow where they both live.

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Taking a Stand: A Reflection on Elie Wiesel and Hedy Epstein

These days I am thinking of two Holocaust survivors.

I had met with one today: 86 year-old Hedy Epstein and I had lunch at a St. Louis café. The other is receiving an honorary doctorate tomorrow at Washington University: 82 year-old Elie Wiesel, who will give the commencement address.

They have in common the central experience of their lives: their families destroyed by Nazi genocide. He survived Auschwitz, and she left Germany in 1939 on a Kindertransport to Great Britain.

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'English Schindler' Sir Nicholas Winton turns 102

Aged only 28, Sir Nicholas Winton helped save nearly 700 Jewish children from Nazi death camps, earning him the nickname the "English Schindler".

Thursday is his 102nd birthday, which he will be celebrating with family and friends in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

One of the children he saved, 82-year-old Vera Gissing, said of his age: "It's absolutely amazing, he's been such a fantastic figure all through his life and so caring with everyone.

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Bill Graham’s American dream: story of Holocaust refugee

As a Jewish child in Nazi Germany, Wolfgang Grajonza saw his family torn apart by the Holocaust.

His mother was taken to Auschwitz and gassed, his siblings were split — some were sent to an orphanage for safety, while others stayed behind and ended up in the camps.

The young boy went to a series of orphanages and on the Kindertransport to France, eventually making his way to New York City.

Grajonza would go on to become Bill Graham, perhaps the world’s most well known rock promoter.

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WWII refugee tells his story for Holocaust Rembrance Month

Kindertransport saved his life, but never saw his parents again. "After [my brother and I] left, [my parents] eventually were relocated to a Jewish ghetto in Slovakia where they stayed ‘til the early 1940s and … that's when they were put on a train to Auschwitz and that was it," stated a somber David Lux.

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Author Lore Segal Is Still in Love With the World

She is a most youthful 83, with starry blue eyes, a carefree nest of white hair and a light and musical Viennese accent. And she is still writing. Three years after "Shakespeare's Kitchen" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, she is in the final revisions of a new novel, "And If They Have Not Died," a fable of doctors and patients and age, but not her age, the next stage — extra-long life, the kind made possible by modern medicine.

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Review: The English German Girl

Jake Wallis Simons's 2005 first novel The Exiled Times of a Tibetan Jew was well received. His new one, chronicling Rosa Klein's Berlin childhood in Nazi Germany and her escape to England on a Kindertransport, is an ambitious, courageous book.

Ambitious in the way Simons's subject matter has a touch of the surreal. Rosa riding her bicycle from early childhood through adolescence into adulthood becomes a symbol of physical as well as metaphysical release.

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The Lion of Hull is ?nally honoured

The work of a politician whose efforts saved thousands of lives during the war has been recognised in the city where he was a leading figure for more than half a century.

A 10ft-high statue of Sir Leo Schultz was unveiled outside Hull's Guildhall on Monday.

Sir Leo and his wife Kitty adopted Bob Rosner - later a respected architect - who arrived in Hull with his sister on the Kindertransport.

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Yom HaShoah and Holocaust Remembrance Week commemorations

Yom HaShoah and Holocaust Remembrance Week commemorations held in Chicago and Springfield

Dr. Heini Halberstam (Champaign-Urbana) brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience when he talked about saying goodbye to his mother for the last time, though he didn’t know it was his last goodbye, as he joined a Kindertransport in Prague. He was one of nearly 10,000 children rescued from Nazi Germany, Austria, Poland, and Czechoslovakia.

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Illinois honors Holocaust victims at Old State Capitol

Even 72 years later, Heini Halberstam vividly remembers his escape to Great Britain from the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia as a child in an operation known as the Kindertransport.

Halberstam, speaking to the 30th annual Illinois Holocaust Observance at the Old State Capitol on Wendesday, said he and his mother left their home for Prague around the time the Munich agreement was signed between Hitler and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.

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Call for snapshots of migration

Czech-born Labour peer Lord [Alfred] Dubs, suggests his contribution would be a photograph of the Children of the Kindertransport memorial outside London's Liverpool Street station. "It still brings memories of my own journey and arrival in the summer of 1939. A knapsack of uneaten food that my mother had packed for the journey, the midnight departure from Prague, and the interminably long train journey sitting on hard wooden seats, the night boat to Harwich, then London and a new beginning."

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Hicksville woman recalls escaping Nazi Germany by 'kindertransport'

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day but it is also a special day for a Hicksville woman who escaped Nazi Germany.

Margarete Goldberger was aboard a mass humanitarian operation called Kindertransport, and her memories of fleeing the Nazis were captured on faded family photographs.

Goldberger recalls that 23 of her close relatives were killed in the Holocaust.

Goldberger, 85, is from Hicksville and was just 12 years old when her homeland of Germany turned into her prison.

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Orphaned by the Holocaust

Hal Myers was five in 1935 when Nazi Germany passed the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws that stripped Jews of their rights.

Myers' father, a salesman and World War I veteran, lost his job in Adolf Hitler's first step in clearing Germany of all Jews, Myers said. He grew up in Karlsruhe, the capital of Baden, and remembers his family moving next to the Jewish community center, where Myers' father got a job as a janitor and his mother as a cook.

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How fleeing the Nazis opened a door to Alf’s lifetime in politics

The flash of a swastika on the arm of a German soldier. His mother’s anxious face peering back at him from the platform.

Prague at night through the train window.

These are the memories of Lord Alfred Dubs, 78, the life peer and former MP for Battersea now living in the village of High Lorton near Cockermouth.

“It was a traumatic parting,” he recalls.

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Germans Setting Shoah Memories in Stone

Last month, in Berlin, some 40 people gathered outside a block of flats on Gieselerstrasse 12. They came to commemorate seven Jews who were rounded up by the Nazis and sent to their deaths in Auschwitz.

Among the guests was 87-year old Ilse Newton of Golders Green. The last time she had set foot on this street was in 1939 with her parents, Hugo and Flora Philips, who took her to the train station where she joined other children as part of the Kindertransport that brought her to England.

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Harwich: Memorial for Kindertransport children

A MEMORIAL to commemorate Harwich’s role in the Kindertransport will be unveiled next week.

The bench and information plaque, located on Harbour Crescent, will remember the 10,000 Jewish children who passed through the seaside town in 1938 escaping persecution from Nazi Germany.

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Miriam Goldfarb holds a photo of her mother Elizabeth Goldfarb in 2nd grade, she's 3rd from the left.

Miriam Goldfarb holds a photo of her mother Elizabeth Goldfarb in 2nd grade, she's 3rd from the left.

Stamford woman recalls life as Holocaust refugee

Elizabeth Goldfarb was 17 when her parents put her on a train and sent her far away from Nuremberg, Germany. She spent the next year and a half in England, working for a London family and trying to get visas for her parents so they could flee the looming genocide of the Holocaust. The year was 1939.

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Dan Bern: A Dylanesque singer in the Holocaust’s shadow

Bern, who lives in Los Angeles, is a Jew from Iowa, where he and his sister were the only Jewish kids in their school. His parents were Jews from Europe. His mother left Germany on the kindertransport; his father fled Lithuania in 1939, one of two survivors of his family; the rest were massacred with the other Jews of Lithuania in 1941.

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Biography of Gerard Gould: Making An Entrance by Margaret Martin

This is a remarkable book about a most remarkable man. Gerard Gould is a teacher and director of amateur drama with a uniquely charismatic personality, and those gifts are rare enough to merit attention; but the life of the man behind the work is truly fascinating.

He was born Günter Goldstein in Germany in 1922, the youngest child of a prosperous Jewish family. He was a witness (and a perceptive, profoundly intelligent witness) to the gathering horror that was Nazi Germany.

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Ralph Samuel

Ralph Samuel

Jewish heritage program on tap at German institute

Rita Goldhor, Leo Mark Horovitz and Ralph Samuel all have extraordinary tales about how they escaped the Holocaust in 1939 via the Kindertransport.

The trio will be talking in a roundtable discussion titled “Holocaust Survivors Reclaim Their Mother Tongue and Cultural Heritage.”

Open to the public, the talk is being organized by the Oakland-based Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies, which teaches and promotes German cultural studies throughout the Bay Area.

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Saved by a beacon of kindness

CARLA KING reviews Children’s Exodus: A History of the Kindertransport By Vera K Fast

IN THE GRIM years before the second World War one beacon of courage and kindness was the Kindertransport , a voluntary effort that saw the movement of more than 10,000 Jewish children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia to the relative safety of Britain.

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A Holocaust kid shares story of escape with students

"It's not every day a Holocaust victim comes and speaks to us," said Rabbi Noam Silverman, head of Jewish studies at the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, as he introduced 82-year-old Ellen Fletcher. "And it's not every day a Holocaust victim comes to us on a bike, especially in the rain."

With that, more than 100 middle-school students grinned and welcomed the former "kindertransport kid," one of 10,000 Jewish children rescued from Nazi Germany just before World War II broke out.

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