Kindertransport Resources  

These resources have been compiled by the Kindertransport Association as an effort to make it easier for students and interested parties to locate all the best materials in print, film, and online. Use the search feature or browse by category using the links to the left. More history and stories about the Kindertransport can be found in our History and Voices sections.

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A great adventure : the story of the refugee children's movement
Presland, John. Bloomsbury House, London, 1944.


A Thousand Kisses Stories of the Kindertransport
WeinerLibrary . Harwich Haven: Surrender and Sanctuary, Harwich, UK, 2018.


This exhibition tells the story of the Kindertransports through the experiences of eight children and the loved ones they left behind, whose documents, letters and memoirs are amongst those held in the Wiener Library Collections. It is a story of persecution, migration, of refugees who were made welcome and those who were turned away.

Adventures of a Chemist Collector
Bader, Alfred. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1995.


This is the autobiography of the distinguished chemist, art collector and philanthropist, Alfred Bader. Born in Vienna, Bader fled to England at the age of 14, on a Kindertransport ten months before the outbreak of World War II. Although a Jewish refugee from the Nazis, he was interned in 1940 and sent to a Canadian prisoner-of-war camp. In this book, he tells the story of his success through hard work and studies in the United States.

And in the Vienna Woods the Trees Remain
Åsbrink, Elisabeth. Penguin Random House, New York, 2020.

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Otto Ullmann, a Jewish boy, was sent from Austria to Sweden right before the outbreak of World War II. 13 year old Otto was granted permission to enter the country in accordance with the Swedish archbishop’s secret plan to save Jews on condition that they convert to Christianity.

With thorough research, including files initiated by the predecessor to today’s Swedish Security Service (SÄPO) and 500+ letters, Elisabeth Åsbrink illustrates how Swedish society was infused with anti-Semitism, and how families are shattered by war and asylum politics.

And the Policeman Smiled
Turner, Barry. London: Bloomsbury, 1991.

A history of the Kindertransport movement.

Anglo-Jewry and the refugee children 1938-1945
Hill, Paula. Ph.D. thesis, University of London, London, 2002.

Ballyrolly House, Millisle, Co. Down


Ballyrolly House stood in 70 acres of land in Millisle, Co. Down. The Belfast Jewish Community saw to it that the farm would house Kindertransport refugees.

Between the Lines: Letters from the Holocaust
Fox, Ann. ComteQ Publishing, 2005.

KTA member Anne Fox takes us behind the lines of her family's experience in the Holocaust. She shares with us the sorrows of parents and children separated by war, as revealed in letters that came into her possession years later.

Bitter Prerequisites: A Faculty For Survival From Nazi Terror
Kleine-Ahlbrandt, William Laird . Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2001.

Twelve Purdue University faculty who were holocaust survivors tell their story in this oral history. One of these survivors is KTA member Joseph Haberer, who was on the first Kindertransport to England.

Britain and the Jews of Europe 1939-1945
Wasserstein, Bernard. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Broken Homes: Three Kindertransport Poets
Lawson, Peter. Bergan Journals, 2008, New Milford, CT.

This essay in the journal CRITICAL SURVEY, Vol 20, No. 2, discusses how the Holocaust affected the work of Jewish poets who were relocated to England as part of the Kindertransport.

Chemistry & Art: Further Adventures of a Chemist Collector
Bader, Alfred. Orion Publishing Group, April 2009, London.


In a fast-paced but incredibly detailed and honest description of his adventures, we learn of Bader’s four jobs: philanthropist,art collector, art dealer, and chemist.

The book is a tale of high stakes in the art world and of deep friendships maintained over decades.It is a tale of great loss, and of great finds; of shabby treatment, and of incredible sharing and generosity; a tale of a great love, and a great family.

Children’s Exodus: A History of the Kindertransport
Fast, Vera. IB Taurus, December 2010, London.

Drawing on unpublished interviews, journals, and articles, Vera K. Fast examines the religious and political tensions that emerged throughout the migration and at times threatened to bring operations to a halt. Children’s Exodus captures the life-affirming stories of child refugees with vivid detail and examines the motivations - religious or otherwise - of the people that orchestrated one of the greatest rescue missions of all time.

Dancing on a Powder Keg: The Intimate Voice of a Young Mother and Author, Her Letters Composed in The Lengthening Shadow of Hitler's Third Reich, Her Poems from the Theresienstadt Ghetto
Weber, Ilse. Bunim & Bannigan Ltd. in association with Yad Vashem, Israel, January 15, 2017.

Ilse’s letters, written from 1933 to 1944, serve not just as an autobiography, but as a timeline of catastrophic events. Most of the letters are written to her Swedish friend, Lilian von Lowenadler, Lilian’s mother, Gertrude, and to her dear son, Hanus. Hanus was placed on a Sir Nicholas Winton transport to England and was then taken to Sweden by Lilian.

Der Jüdische Kindertransport von Deutschland nach England 1938/39
Göpfert, Rebekka. Frankfurt: Campus, 1999.

Der olle Hitler soll sterben!: Erinnerungen an den jüdischen Kindertransport nach England
Salewsky, Anja. Munich: Claassen, 2001.

Die Kindertransport 1938/39. Rettung und Integration
Benz, Wolfgang, Claudia Curio and Andrea Hummel, eds.. Frankfurt: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 2003.

Die Kindertransporte Nach Grossbritannien 1938/39: Exilerfahrungen im Spiegel Lebensgeschichtlicher
Berth, Christine. Munich, Germany: Dolling und Galitz, 2005.


Die leisen Abschiede: Geschichte einer Flucht
Friedler,Ya'acov . R. Padligur (Hagen), 1994.

Friedler became a journalist well known for his work for the Jerusalem Post and the Israeli radio network. As a Jewish school boy in a small Ruhr Valley town, he was transported to Holland and placed with other refugee children into an old orphanage where the treatment reminds the reader of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist". On the day of Holland's capitulation he was able to escape to the UK on an old freighter which was strafed at sea by the Luftwaffe. In this book, we follow Friedler from childhood through his life today.

Dig World War 2: The Millisle Farm Story
Snow, Dan and Litvack, Leon. BBC One Television, 14 Aug 2013.


Dan Snow interviews Leon Litvack about the Millisle Farm Project

Escape From the Holocaust 1939
Moratz, Ralph . USA, 2015.


Ralph Moratz writes of his childhood journey from Berlin, via Kindertransport to France, and in September 1941 to New York. One of his childhood companions was concert promoter Bill Graham.

Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport
Carlson Berne, Emma. Capstone Press, North Mankato, MN, February 2017.


Tells the stories in their own words of several of the thousands of Jewish children rescued from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940 and brought to new homes in the United Kingom. Memoir pieces, poems, photographs, and other primary sources bring their stories to life.

Flight and Refuge. Reminiscences of A Motley Youth
Eisinger, Josef. Josef Eisinger, August 2016, USA.

After a calm, middle-class childhood, the author escapes, at fifteen, from Nazi-occupied Vienna to Britain. He finds work as a farm 'lad' in Yorkshire, and then, as a dish washer in a Brighton hotel. Following the fall of France, he is interned as an 'enemy alien' and is transported to Canada.
* * * Josef Eisinger, professor emeritus at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, is the author of more than 150 articles in scientific journals. His recent books, Einstein on the Road and Einstein at Home were published by Prometheus Books (2011, 2016).

Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946
Dwork, Deborah and Jan Van Pelt, Robert. W.W. Norton & Co., 2009.

The authors of Auschwitz offer a comprehensive survey of various countries' responses to the refugee crisis and their often self-serving motives. America, fearing immigrants would become public charges, required financial affidavits from Americans, which were very difficult to get. Britain granted transit visas to the Kindertransport children and visas to famous Jews such as Sigmund Freud. The Dominican Republic allowed refugees to work on agricultural colonies. Internment camps in the Soviet Union offered a chance for survival while camps in France were conduits to the concentration camps.

From Outside in: Refugees and British Society: An Anthology of Writings by Refugees on Britain and Britishness
Arbabzadah, Nushin. Arcadia Books, London, UK, 2007.

This is a collection of memoir, fiction and poetry that explores being British from the perspective of the newly arrived. It presents accounts that range from German-Jews - including several members of the KTA - to Iraqi Kurds, as well as Vietnamese, Afghanis, Chileans and others. The narratives poignantly depict the twin mechanism of loss and hope faced by newcomers to these shores, as they simultaneously search for ways to hold onto memories of lives no longer lived and in turn inhabit new ways of being.

Full Circle: A young boy's escape from Nazi Germany and his reunion with Family
Wolff, Michael M.. CreateSpace, 11/13/2016.

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This is the story of one Kindertransport child, who through the kindness of the British people, managed to escape death by joining the Kindertransport. By the time the Holocaust was over, the Nazis had murdered over 1,500,000 children.

Gerettet Berichte von Kindertransport und Auswanderung nach Großbritannien
Thune, Eva-Marie. Hentrich und Hentrich Verlag, Berlin, 2019.

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Eva-Maria Thüne visited 36 Kindertransport 'children' and held talks with them in 2017-2018. The main concern of the linguist was to gain knowledge about the attitudes of the rescued towards the German and the acquisition of the English language. As a study on the language of migrants, von Thüne's investigation includes questions about language change, linguistic and cultural affiliation and identity.
Her website includes links to the interviews

German and Austrian War Children In The Netherlands
Keesing, Miriam. DOKIN, 2013, Netherlands.


Dokin is a Dutch acronym for Duitse Oorlogskinderen In Nederland (German War Children in the Netherlands). Here you will find information about the refugee children from the Third Reich who came to the Netherlands after Kristallnacht.

There were almost 2000 children that came to the Netherlands.

On this website you will find information on these children and about this period in Dutch history.

Getting Here: From a Seat on a Train to a Seat on the Bench
Ney, Peter. iUniverse, Incorporated, 10/09/2009.

Two nights before his 7th birthday, Peter Ney and his family were awakened by the sound of yelling and of breaking glass as their home was vandalized. Two months later, Peter was granted safe refuge in England via the Kindertransport. Spanning seventy years, Getting Here tells of Peter’s journey from Germany through his tenure as a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals. The book not only describes his journey, but rejoices in the fulfilling of the American dream—from a seat on a refugee train to a seat on the appellate bench.

Hitler's Exiles: Personal Stories of the Flight from Nazi Germany to America
Anderson, Mark M., ed.. New York: New Press, 1998.

Holocaust & the Kindertransport: Vera
Gissing, Vera. Teachers TV, England, 2007.


A 5 minute video of Vera Gissing, a Kind from Czechoslovakia, remembering her Kindertransport experience and reuniting with an old friend.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust


The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, based in London, has an online archive of articles about the Kindertransports.

I Came Alone
Leverton, Bertha and Shmuel Lowensohn. Sussex, England: Book Guild, 1990.

The founder of the Reunion of Kindertransport in London put together this collection of writings by Kinder.

If It's Not Impossible...: The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton
Winton, Barbara. Troubador Publishing Ltd, April 2014, United Kingdom.


Barbara Winton's biography of her father. There are around 6000 people in the world today who owe their lives to Nicholas Winton. They are the descendants of a group of refugee children rescued by him from the Nazi threat in 1939. Some of them know of his existence and the part he played in their history, many others do not.

Interrupted Journeys, Young Refugees from Hitler's Reich
Gill, Alan. Pymble, NSW: Simon & Schuster Australia, 2005.

Stories of Kindertransport and other young refugees who wound up in Australia.

Into the Arms of Strangers
Oppenheimer, Deborah and Mark Jonathan Harris. London: Bloomsbury, 2000.

The companion book to the film.

Jews in North Devon During the Second World War: The Escape from Nazi Germany and the Establishment of the Pioneer Corps.
Fry, Helen P. . Tiverton, England: Halsgrove, 2005.

This book details the training of some 90 young Jewish refugees - some of whom were Kinder - for immigration to Palestine

Kindertransport Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain


In 1933 Meeting for Sufferings (the executive body of the Society of Friends) set up the Germany Emergency Committee (GEC),later renamed the Friends Committee for Refugees and Aliens (FCRA),in response to anti-Jewish laws of the new Nazi regime.

This is a list of Kindertransport research resources.

Kindertransport Memory Quilt
Grosz, Hanus, Kirsten Grosz and Anita Grosz. the Kindertransport Association, Indianapolis, 2000.


Beautiful photographs of the Kindertransport Memory Quilt panels combined with the moving stories behind each square.

Can be purchased through the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI

KIndertransport Museum in Vienna
Milli Segal, December 2014, Vienna.

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“Für das Kind” is dedicated to all who helped ten thousand – mostly Jewish - children in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland to escape and to survive the Nazi machinery of death between 1938 and 1939.

The first Kindertransport from Vienna left on 10 December 1938 going from Westbahnhof to London, the last one on 22 August 1939.

Visits by appointment

Kindertransport photographs
Arbuckle, Alex Q. .


A webpage of an introduction to the Kindertransport history and photographs of Kinder arriving and at Dovercourt.

Kindertransport: Britain's rescue plan
Kaczmarska, Ela. National Archives, February 26, 2010, Washington DC.


The Wiener Library holds many personal accounts of children evacuated from Nazi Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia between December 1938 and September 1939. Using individual first-hand accounts sourced from The Wiener Library and documents held at The National Archives, this talk gives insights into how Britain dealt with the refugee children who arrived on the Kindertransports and the difficulties they faced.

Kindertransport: Memory, Identity and the British-Jewish Diaspora
Neumeier, Beate . Rodopi, 2003, 2003, Amsterdam/New York, NY.


This chapter in the book "Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Common Traditions and New Developments" provides a comparative and insightful analysis of Lore Segal's personal account "Other People's Houses;" Diane Samuel's stage play "Kindertransport," and the documentary film "Into the Arms of Strangers."

Kindertransport: Terror, Trauma and Triumph
Sharples, Carolyn. History Today Magazine, 2004.


Caroline Sharples discusses the bitter-sweet experiences of the Jewish children permitted to travel to England to escape the Nazi regime, leaving their families behind them.

Kindertransport: Tylers Green Hostel for young Jewish Refugees
Koschland, Bernard . Jewish Historical Society of England, 2007.


This article in the journal Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions, Volume 41, describes two wartime hostels for young refugees who arrived in Britain under the auspices of the Refugee Children's Movement. Clearly written, it provides details of the daily life and problems (budgets,etc) of the kind of hostels to which Kinder were sent.

Kindertransports from North Rhine-Westphalia
Lissner, Cordula, Reuter,Ursula, Stellmacher, Adrian . Kindertransport Project Group of the Yavneh Memorial and Educational Centre, Cologne, Germany, 2016.


The Project ‘Kindertransports from North Rhine-Westphalia’ had the aim of putting together the full story of the Kindertransport from the Rhineland and Westphalia, about which up until now only fragments had been known, and making the results available to the memorial centres in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, especially their educational departments.

Letters From Children on the First Kindertransport
Green, Jessica. European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Blog, July 2016, London, England.

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A mapped series of transcribed letters written by children while in transit on the first Kindertransport on 1 December 1938. The letters are addressed to their families back in Germany while the children are leaving them behind for the safety of England. They were subsequently transcribed by an anonymous source and sent to the JCIO by somebody who identified himself as Herr Flörsheim (or Mr Flörsheim) from Amsterdam. Beyond those few details, nothing is known about the specific provenance of this item or the individual children who wrote the letters themselves.

Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer
Robbins, Trina. Lerner Publishing Group, 2011, USA.

In 1938, Lily Renée Wilheim is a 14-year-old Jewish girl living in Vienna. Then the Nazis march into Austria, and Lily's life is shattered overnight. Suddenly, her own country is no longer safe for her or her family. To survive, Lily leaves her parents behind and travels alone to England.

In this graphic novel for readers 10-14, follow the story of a brave girl who becomes an artist of heroes and a true pioneer in comic books.

Literatur und Holocaust
Bayer, Gerd and Freiburg, Rudolf. Koenigshausen & Neumann, 2009.

The chapter "Die Erfahrung des Kindertransports in der
Englischen Literatur," by Christoph Houswitschka, pages 76-97, may be of interest.

Little Holocaust Survivors: And the English School That Saved Them
Wolfenden, Barbara . Praeger, November 30, 2008, CA.

As Europe prepared for war, the newly-founded Stoatley Rough School began to shelter hundreds of traumatized Jewish children fleeing (usually alone) from Nazi persecution. Little Holocaust Survivors, based on dozens of original interviews, tells their stories, and the stories of the teachers and benefactors who created this refuge in a country house on a hillside in Surrey, donated by its philanthropic owner. .

Author Barbara Wolfenden (wife of one of the boys educated at Stoatley Rough) has interviewed many of the children (both 'Hut Boys' and 'Household Girls') from the school.

Making An Entrance, the Biography of Gerard Gould
Martin, Margaret. D R Green, United Kingdom, 2010.

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. He came to England on a Kindertransport.

Margaret Kahn interview
Kahn, Margaret. Mercy Community, West Hartford, Ct, 2016.


Margaret Kahn, née Jonas, tells her lifer story, from Kindertransport on December 1, 1938 to a teaching hospital in London, marriage and life in Connecticut. At 94, she still volunteers to speak with young students.

Memories that Won't Go Away: A Tribute to the Children of the Kindertransport
Gold, Michele. Kotarim International Publishing, Ltd, 2014, Israel.


Memories That Won't Go Away tells the stories of hundreds of these kinder. Their experiences as strangers in a strange land were often complicated and painful, but as this book illustrates, the rescued children - and their many thousands of descendants - remain grateful to the nation that saved them.

Men of Vision, Anglo-Jewry's Aid to Victims of the Nazi Regime
Gottlieb, Amy. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1998.

Millisle, County Down—Haven from Nazi Terror
Taylor, Marilyn. History Ireland, 2001, Dublin, Ireland.


The story of the Refugee Resettlement Farm, which existed in Millisle, County Down from 1938 to 1948, is one of the little-known ‘secret histories’ of the Second World War in Ireland. To this remote, disused farm on the beautiful Ards peninsula, came, in the late 1930s, Jewish children who escaped on Kindertransports, together with older members of religious Zionist youth groups, and some adults, all refugees from Nazi terror.

Mit dem Kindertransport in die Freiheit. Vom Jüdischen Flü zum Corporal O'Brian
Behrendt, Gideon and Claudia Curio. Frankfurt: Fischer, 2001.

Mothers in Children's and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism
Rowe Fraustino, Lisa and Coats, Karen, Editors. University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi, 2016.


Chapter 4: The Women Who Sent Their Children Away: Mothers in Kindertransport Fiction.

My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports
Hacker, Melissa. Bee's Knees Productions, 1996.


Award-winning documentary film directed by the daughter of a Kind from Vienna.

My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy's Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism
Backer, Ivan. Skyhorse, New York City, 2016.


The breathtaking memoir by a member of "Nicky’s family,” a group of 669 Czechoslovakian children who escaped the Holocaust through Sir Nicholas Winton’s Kindertransport project, My Train to Freedom relates the trials and achievements of award-winning humanitarian and former Episcopal priest, Ivan Backer.

Now an eighty-six-year-old who remains an activist for peace and justice. He has been influenced by his Jewish heritage, his Christian boarding school education in England, and the always present question"For what purpose was I spared the Holocaust?”

Never Look Back: The Jewish Refugee Children in Great Britain, 1938-1945
Tydor Baumel-Schwartz, Judith. Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana, 06/15/2012.


This book charts the history of the Kindertransport movement, focusing on the dynamics that developed between the British government, the child refugee organizations, the Jewish community in Great Britain, the general British population, and the refugee children.

Based on archival sources and follow-up interviews with refugee children both forty and seventy years after their flight to Britain, this book gives a unique perspective into the political, bureaucratic, and human aspects of the Kindertransport scheme prior to and during World War II.

Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Generation
Emmanuel, Muriel and Vera Gissing. Edgware, England: Vallentine Mitchell Publishers, 1982.

Nightmare's Fairy Tale: A Young Refugee's Home Fronts, 1938-1948
Korman, Gerd. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 2005.


"Korman movingly recounts his childhood years as a refugee in war-ravaged Europe. . . . The young adult who emerged was a collage of disjointed personas: an American Jew eager to embrace his new home, an immigrant who never shed the traces of his foreign accent, and a historian eager to tell the story that defines him, his family, and his people."—Publishers Weekly

The Korman family scattered from a Polish refugee camp just before WWII. The father sailed to Cuba on the ill-fated St. Louis; the mother left for the United States after sending her two sons on a Kindertransport.

Nuremberg and Beyond: The Memoirs of Sigfried Ramler from 20th Century Europe to Hawaii
Ramler, Sigfried . Ahuna Press, Hawaii, 2009.


The book begins with Sig's childhood in Vienna and follows him at age 14 on the Kindertransport to London, where he experienced the Blitz as well as V-1 and V-2 rocket attacks.

After the war, his facility with languages brought him to one of the defining moments of his life: the Nuremberg trials. Working in the new field of simultaneous translation, Sig came face to face with the war’s criminals: Göring, Hess, Höss, and Hitler’s architect, Speer. A meeting with a pretty Hawaiian-Chinese court reporter, Piilani Ahuna, led to marriage and a journey to Hawaii.

On My Own: Decoding the Conspiracy of Silence
Schulhof Rybeck, Erika . Summit Crossroads press, 10/2013, Columbia, Maryland.

Erika Schulhof Rybeck tells her story as a tribute to the parents who shielded her from the Nazi hor­rors swirling around her, horrors that led to their deportation and disappear­ance. After being a teacher, mother and volunteer, she looks back at age 84 at rare experiences-living in castles and cottages, being sheltered by Catholics, discov­ering her Jewish heritage, and learning of her illustrious family.

Part of the Family, Christadelphians and the Kindertransport
Hensley, Jason

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Christadelphians, the Kindertransport, and Rescue from the Holocaust

"Part of the Family" is a book and video project attempting to catalogue the lives and experiences of Jewish refugees who lived with Christadelphians during the 1930s and 1940s. To that end, if readers know of anyone who could possibly be included in a future volume, please contact us.

Postcards to a Little Boy. A Kindertransport Story
Foner, Henry. Yad Vashem Publications, Jerusalem, December 11, 2013.


Henry Foner (Heinz Lichtwitz), who had lost his mother at a young age, was sent from Berlin to Wales and lived there with a Jewish couple, who provided him with a warm, loving home. From the moment they parted, Henry's father sent him colorful illustrated postcards written in German and later on in English. This authentic and moving document presents the postcards and letters that Henry received from his father and other relatives and friends, along with their translation.

Project Jewish Life in Frankfurt
Lieberz-Gross, Till and Rieber, Angelika . Frankfurt, 2012.


The focus of our work is to keep in memory the lives of former Jewish Frankfurt citizens and to learn and teach about present-day Jewish life.

Quaker honored among heroes of the Holocaust
van Staveren, Anne. REligious Society of Friends, London, 2008.


Britons who saved the lives of Jews and other persecuted groups during the Holocaust are being honoured for their actions. They include Quaker Bertha Bracey who lobbied the British government about the plight of Jews in Germany. She played a key role in setting up the Kindertransport which brought 10,000 mainly Jewish children to England from mainland Europe.

This is the first time such recognition has been bestowed by the State as a tribute to those civilians who undertook extraordinary acts of courage and self sacrifice, in order to help others.

Quaker Kindertransport histories
Religious Society of Friends, UK. Quakers in Britain, London, 2008.


Read histories of Kindertransportees helped by Quakers here.

Quakers were involved at all stages in the Kindertransport. In London they joined with Jewish delegates in persuading the government to relax immigration requirements, making it easier to evacuate people from Nazi Europe. Quakers accompanied children on the long journey to safety and many families and Quaker schools provided homes.

Reconstructing the Past: Refugee Writings on the Kindertransport
Sharples, Carolyn. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, 2006.

This article analyses the memoirs of the former refugees themselves and sets out the case for re-examining popular representations of the scheme, addressing the diversity of experience for the children once in England, the hardships and emotional upheaval encountered during this stage of their young lives and looking at some of the limitations of the Kindertransport itself. Volume 12, Number 3, pp. 40-62

Remembering Refugees: Then and Now
Kushner, Tony. Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK, 2006.

Chapter 4 deals specifically with the Kindertransports.

Rescue Operation for Jewish Children from Nazi Germany. the Kindertransporte of 1938-1939
Muller-Knospe, Bernd . Grin Publishing, Munich, Germany, 2017.

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Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport
Hodge, Deborah. Tundra Books, Toronto, Canada, October 2012.

This book, for children aged 10 and older, includes a compilation of accounts of Kindertransport children and is illustrated with archival photographs, paintings by artist Hans Jackson, and quilt squares created by the Kinder commemorating their rescue.

Rettet wenigstens die Kinder Kindertransporte aus Frankfurt am Main – Lebenswege von geretteten Kindern
Rieber, Angelika and Lieberz-Gross, Till . Fachhochschulverlag, Frankfurt, Germany, 2019.


Seven authors have collaborated with the project Jewish Life in Frankfurt am Main to research and compile biographies of children transport children. These life stories vividly show how the National Socialist policies affect life of the children and how the forced escape from Germany and the most final Separation of relatives shaped their lives.

Rosa's Child, The True Story of One Woman's Quest for a Lost Mother and a Vanished Past
Bechhofer, Susie and Jeremy Josephs. London: I.B. Tauris, 1996.

Salt of the Earth: An intergenerational journey of a family's life, heartbreak and triumph before, during and after the Holocaust.
Pfeffer Vignola, Janet & Pfeffer Pfaff, Margaret. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, September 2016.

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An intergenerational journey of a family’s life, heartbreak and triumph before, during and after the Holocaust. Written by two KT2s.

Shefford: The Story of a Jewish School Community in Evacuation 1939-1945
Grunfeld, Judith. London: Soncino Press, 1980.

Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies.
Benz, Wolfgang, Claudia Curio and Andrea Hummel, eds. "Kindertransporte 1938/39 - Rescue and Integration." Special Issue 23, no. 1, Fall 2004.

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This entire issue is dedicated to "Kindertransporte 1938/39 - Rescue and Integration". The table of contents is available at: Online access to the articles requires a login account to Project MUSE.

Six from Leipzig: Kindertransport and the Cambridge Refugee Children's Committee
Dubrovsky, Gertrude. Vallentine Mitchell & Co Ltd, 2003.

Six cousins from Leipzig, aged 7 months to 14 years, were among the 2,000 Kindertransport children who arrived in Cambridge. The story of these children brings to life the issues faced by all who travelled on the Kindertransports. Six from Leipzig puts the subject into historical perspective and will be invaluable to those who want to know how rescue was organised, by whom, and under what circumstances.It also emphasises the role played by women in the rescue of these children, and in running refugee children's committees; a fact that has not received the attention that it deserves.

Solomon Schonfeld: His Page in History
Kranzler, David and Gertrude Hirschler, eds.. New York: Judaica Press, 1982.

Stella, One Woman's True Tale of Evil, Betrayal, and Survival in Hitler's Germany
Wyden, Peter. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1992.

The story of Stella Goldschlag, whom Wyden knew as a child, when both were students at the Goldschmidt School in Berlin,and who later became notorious as a "catcher" in wartime Berlin, hunting hidden Jews for the Nazis. A compelling, moving and harrowing chronicle of Stella's agonizing choice, her three murder trials, her reclusive existence, and the trauma inherited by her daughter in Israel.

Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered
Segal, Lore and Kluger, Ruth. Feminist Press, New York, 2003.

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"Stunning contemplation of human relationships, power, and the creation of history through the prism of one woman's Holocaust survival. . . . Kluger dives in and out of her narrative to consider such topics as her imperfect relationship with her family, her creation of herself as a social being, and the encounters and relationships she's had with Germans since the war. . . . A work of such nuance, intelligence, and force that it leaps the bounds of genre."-Kirkus

Still Here: Inspiration From Survivors & Liberators of the Holocaust
Marcus, Brian and Hersh, June. Itasca Books, 2016.

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The book melds portraits of Holocaust Survivors, including several Kindertransport Survivors, with meaningful quotes to create a living legacy that both honors and informs. Their portraits reveal insight into who they are and their quotes speak volumes of how they feel the world should be. Browse the online gallery of portraits, draw strength from the quotes and join in the conversation by sharing your own family’s story.
Profits from the sale of Still Here will go to charities supporting Holocaust education.

Sunday's Child? A Memoir
Brent, Leslie Baruch . Bank House Books, 2009.


Professor Leslie Baruch Brent (known in the scientific world as Leslie Brent) arrived in England late in 1938 in the first of the many Kindertransports. His German-Jewish family was among millions who were murdered by the Nazi regime. In 1943, at the tender age of eighteen, he volunteered for the armed forces. Having studied zoology at the University of Birmingham he became an eminent immunologist in the field of tissue and organ transplantation.

Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey
Dekel, Mikhal. W. W. Norton & Company, New Yok, 2019.

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Beginning with the death of the inscrutable Tehran Child who was her father, Dekel fuses memoir with extensive archival research to recover this astonishing story, with the help of travel companions and interlocutors including an Iranian colleague, a Polish PiS politician, a Russian oligarch, and an Uzbek descendent of Korean deportees.

With literary grace, Tehran Children presents a unique narrative of the Holocaust, whose focus is not the concentration camp, but the refugee, and whose center is not Europe, but Central Asia and the Middle East.

Tell Everybody, Tell Everything: The Story of My Family & My Journey
Rice, Gunther. CreateSpace Independent Publishing, October 10, 2014.

Part memoir, part biography, this story recounts the trials and tribulations of Gunther Rice (born Gunther Zloczower), the youngest of nine children raised in a Polish Jewish family in Hamburg, Germany. At age 14, he was deported with his family (and other Polish Jews) to Poland and for months lived as a refugee in the no-man’s land between Germany and Poland. He was rescued by the Kindertransport and brought to Cardiff, Wales, three days before the start of World War II.

Ten Thousand Children: True Stories Told by Children Who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport
Fox, Anne L. and Eva Abraham-Podietz. Springfield, New Jersey: Behrman House, 1998.

The 10,000 Children That Hitler Missed: Stories From The Kindertransport
Greschler, Lori . BookSurge Publishing, self publishing, 2009.

The Acculturation of the Kindertransport Children: Intergenerational Dialogue on the Kindertransport Experience
Barnett, Ruth. Purdue University Press, Illinois, 2004.


The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude Van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews
Wasserstein, Bernard. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2014.

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A moving account of courage and of all-too-human failings in the face of extraordinary moral challenges, The Ambiguity of Virtue tells the story of Van Tijn's work on behalf of her fellow Jews as the avenues that might save them were closed off. Between 1933 and 1940 Van Tijn helped organize Jewish emigration from Germany. After the Germans occupied Holland, she worked for the Nazi-appointed Jewish Council in Amsterdam and enabled many Jews to escape. Some later called her a heroine for the choices she made; others denounced her as a collaborator.

The Arrival of Jewish Refugee Children in England 1938-39
Ford, Mary R. Immigrants & Minorities Journal, Routledge, Volume 2, Number 2, 1983.


The Battle of Britishness: Migrant Journeys, 1685 to the Present
Kushner, Tony. Manchester University Press, Manchester & New York, 2012.

The Berlin Shadow
Lichtenstein, Jonathan . Scribnner UK, London, 2020.


A formally audacious and deeply moving memoir in three timeframes that confronts the defining trauma of the twentieth century, and its effects on a father and son.

In 1939, Jonathan Lichtenstein’s father Hans escaped Nazi-occupied Berlin as a child refugee on the Kindertransport. Almost every member of his family died after Kristallnacht, and, arriving in England to make his way in the world alone, Hans turned his back on his German Jewish culture.

The Boy Alone in Nazi Vienna
The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, London, 2018.


A cache of 40 letters discovered recently in a UK loft and digitised for The Wiener Library archive, documents the prelude to this more unusual experience from a child’s perspective.

The letters were written by a boy in Vienna to his mother, who was already in the UK, over the course of an agonising four-month separation. During this time each worked frantically towards a reunion that they could not be certain would happen as war clouds gathered.

The Boy in the Statue: From Wartime Vienna to Buckingham Palace
Reich, Erich. i2i Publishing, 09/10/2017.

The true story of a Jewish refugee boy, Erich, who arrived in this country from Nazi-occupied Europe three days before the start of the war. He was just four, and would never see his parents again.

The Ephraims and the Neumeyers
Locke, Tim. Tim Locke, East Sussex, UK, 2014.

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Perspectives on family stories of Görlitz, Dachau, the Kindertransport and the Holocaust.

Tim Locke, whose mother Ruth(nee Ruth Neumeyer) and uncle Raimund escaped Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport to England, investigates and shares his family history from the 18th century forward.

The forgotten Kindertransportees : the Scottish experience
Williams, Frances. Bloomsbury Academic, 2014, London.


Introduction: The Forgotten Kindertransportees: A Scottish Experience
1. Protecting the Status Quo: The Reception of the Trans-migrants
2. The Making of an Invisible Trans-migrant: Kindertransportee Care
3. Scottish Care for the Jewish Minor: Kindertransportees' Adaptation to a New Jewish Life
4. Creating New Olim in Scotland: The Limitations of a Zionist Endeavour
5. Narrating Life Stories: The Long-term Impact of a Residential Upbringing
6. Imagining Scotland: The Scottish Legacy after Migration Appendices Glossary Bibliography Index.

The Girl Museum- Kindertransport
Girl Museum, Online, May, 2018.

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A lovely online resource, showcasing photographs, documents, and videotaped oral histories, with a robust study guide that meets common core educational goals.

The Kindertransport Experience; A Socio-Psychological Study of Attachment, Trauma And Acculturation
Guske, Iris, Dr. Centre for German Jewish Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 2007.

Unpublished doctoral thesis featuring several members of the KTA.

The Kindertransport, Contesting Memory
Craig-Norton, Jennifer. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, 2019.


Jennifer Craig-Norton sets out to challenge celebratory narratives of the Kindertransport that have dominated popular memory and literature. According to these accounts, the Kindertransport was a straightforward act of rescue and salvation, with little room for a deeper, more complex analysis. Craig-Norton emphasizes the use of archival sources, many of them newly discovered testimonial accounts and letters. This evidence allows compelling insights into interactions between children and parents and caregivers and shows readers a more nuanced and complete picture of the Kindertransport.

The King's Most Loyal Enemy Aliens: Germans Who Fought for Britain in the Second World War
Fry, Helen. Sutton Publishing, Great Britain, 2007.

This book tells the compelling story of the 10,000 German and Austrian nationals who, fleeing Nazi persecution, arrived in Britain between 1933 and 1939, and at the outbreak of war on 3 September 1939 became 'enemy aliens'. Many volunteered to serve in the British forces, swore allegiance to George VI and became known as 'the King's most loyal enemy aliens'. Interviews with several KTA members are featured,as well as an impressive selection of archive photographs, many of which are reproduced for the first time.

The Millisle Farm in Co Down
Down County Museum


Jewish children, who escaped on Kindertransports, and other refugees from Nazi terror found refuge in a remote farm on the Ards peninsula in the late 1930s. The Belfast Jewish community had leased the farm to provide a home and living for these refugees. In Millisle and Donaghadee the local communities, including Millisle Primary School, proved to be firm friends of the farm, providing help with whatever was needed.

The Rescue of the Prague Refugees: 1938/39
Chadwick, W.R.. Matador, Leicester, 2010.

The Uprooted: A Hitler Legacy: Voices of Those Who Escaped Before the "Final Solution."
Whiteman, Dorit Bader. New York: Insight Books, 1993.

Dorit Bader Whiteman has woven together the stories of 190 escapees, including several who left via the Kindertransports.

They Found Refuge
Bentwich, Norman. London: Cresset Press, 1956.

Norman Bentwich writes of his involvement with the Kindertransport movement.

Trauma and Attachment in the Kindertransport Context: German-Jewish Child Refugees' Accounts of Displacement and Acculturation in Great Britain
Guske, Iris. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2009.

The present volume is the result of an interdisciplinary oral history research project, which was carried out at the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex.

While each Holocaust survivor's developmental story is unique, it is, however, linked to the others' by the common experience of negotiating an identity between two countries, cultures, and religions against the background of unparalleled political upheavals, and as such also sheds light on, and offers ways out of, the traumata suffered in present-day contexts of enforced migration and displacement.

Unfulfilled Promise - Rescue and Resettlement of Jewish Refugee Children in the United States 1934 - 1935
Baumel, Judith Tydor. Juneau, AK: Denali Press, 1990.

A scholarly book by the author of two theses on the Kindertransport movement.

Verfolgung, Flucht, Rettung (Persecution, Flight, Rescue): Die Kindertransportet 1938/39 nach Grossbritannien
Curio, Claudia. the Zentrum fuer Antisemitismusforschung of the Technische Universitaet Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2006.

In this book, her doctoral dissertation, Claudia Curio delves into the question of why for so long pre-WWII emigration studies tended to overlook the Kindertransport experience in contrast to the attention given to the Youth Alijah.

Through use of well documented case studies and extensive analysis Curio provides raises many issues of intimate concern to Kinder, and which, as she skillfully shows, had lasting influence on their lives.

We Came as Children: A Collective Autobiography
Gershon, Karen. New York: Harcourt Brace and World, 1966.

What Happened to the Children Who Fled Nazi Persecution?
Sonnert, Gerhard and Holton, Gerald. New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

This book aims to create a collective biography of Jewish young people who were born in Germany or Austria between 1918 and 1935 and fled to the United States. It endeavors to present a statistical picture as well as to capture personal experiences based on a five-year, in-depth study.

One of the book's aims is to provide readers with information to
influence the view of immigrant newcomers in the United States today.

Whitehall and the Jews, 1933-1948: British Immigration Policy, Jewish Refugees and the Holocaust
London, Louise. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge & New York, 2000.


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