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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About Face: German and Austrian Jewish G.I.s in WWII
Karras, Steve. Bulletproof Film, Inc., 2006.


ABOUT FACE documents the as-yet-untold World War II story of young Jewish men who escaped certain danger at the hands of the Nazis and returned to fight them in Europe and North Africa. Told through the eyes of these men, the film chronicles the journey from Nazi victim to refugee and, finally, to Allied soldier and hero.

American Jewish History
Zucker, Bat-Ami. Frances Perkins and the German-Jewish Refugees, 1933-1940 (Vol. 89, No. 1), March 2001.

Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany
Kaplan, Marion A.. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Between Fear & Hope: Jewish Youth in the Third Reich
Angress, Werner T.. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988.

Children of the Holocaust: Conversations with Sons and Daughters of Survivors
Epstein, Helen. New York: Putnam, 1979.

Helen Epstein's pioneering look at the second generation.

Children With a Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe
Dwork, Deborah. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.

Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust
Fogelman, Eva. New York: Doubleday, 1994.

Cruel World: The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web
Nicholas, Lynn H. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.

Das Exil der kleinen Leute. Alltagserfahrung deutscher Juden in der Emigration
Benz, Wolfgang, ed. Fischer-TB.-Vlg, Frankfurt-am-Main, 1994.

Don't Wave Goodbye: The Children's Flight from Nazi Persecution to American Freedom
Jason, Philip K. and Iris Posners, eds.. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2004.

The story of the 1,000 children sent directly to the United States between 1938 and 1945.

Double Vision, A Self Portrait
Abish, Walter. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.

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.

Generation Exodus: The Fate of Young Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany
Laquer, Walter. Hanover, NH: Brandeis University Press, 2001.

Hebrew University Jerusalem Holocaust Oral Histories


The 1,400 Holocaust audio interviews and transcripts reflect the vast scope of oral histories collected by researchers which have been archived at the Oral History Division of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They include interviews conducted in the early 1960s. The collection developed over the past 60 years as more research was undertaken by established and emerging scholars and questions relating to the experience of Jews under Nazism broadened. This resource should provide an invaluable tool for researchers in Holocaust studies.

I Am a Star: Child of the Holocaust
Auerbacher, Inge. New York: Puffin Books, 1993.

I Didn't Say Goodbye
Vegh, Claudine. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1984.

Interviews with children of the Holocaust.

Kindertransport Journey: Memory into History
Robert Sugar


Exhibition by Robert Sugar
Showings include:
Temple Am Shalom (Glencoe, IL): April 2007
Central College Drama Department (Pella, IA): Winter 2007
Florida Atlantic University: April 2006
The New Mexico Holocaust and Intolerance Museum and Study Center: Fall 2006

Last Waltz in Vienna: The Rise and Destruction of a Family: 1842-1942
Clare, George. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1982.

Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy
Eire, Carlos. Free Press, November 2010, New York City.

With the same passionate immediacy as Eire brought to his memoir of a Cuban boyhood, the National Book Award–winning Waiting for Snow in Havana (2002), he writes now about coming to America at age 11. The story takes readers from the journey to American itself—Eire was one of 14,000 unaccompanied refugee children in 1962’s Operation Pedro Pan—through his time in foster homes, both kind and harsh, and eventually to joining his uncle in Chicago, “where everyone came from somewhere else.”

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.

Living After the Holocaust: Reflections by the Post-war Generation in America
Steinitz, Lucy and David Szonyi, eds.. New York: Bloch Publishing, 1976.

Love Despite Hate: Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Their Adult Lives
Moskovitz, Sarah. New York: Schocken Books, 1983.

My German Question: Growing up in Nazi Berlin
Gay, Peter. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.

New Lives : Survivors of the Holocaust Living in America
Rabinowitz, Dorothy. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976.

Nothing Makes You Free: Writings by Descendants of Jewish Holocaust Survivors
Bukiet, Melvin Jules. New York: W. W. Norton, 2003.

Paper Walls: America and the Refugee Crisis, 1938-1941
Wyman, David S.. New York: Pantheon Books, 1985.

Passages From Berlin: Recollections of Former Students and Staff of the Goldschmidt Schule
Heims, Steve J., ed.. US distributor: Marianne Phiebig, 1987.

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.

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

Chapter 4 deals specifically with the Kindertransports.

Runaway Waltz, A Memoir from Vienna to New York
Morton, Frederic. Simon and Schuster, New York City, 2010.


One of the most revered essayists and novelists of his generation, Frederic Morton has captured with matchless immediacy the glamour of Vienna before World War I in his bestselling and award-winning works. Now, in his first book in more than fifteen years, he delivers a luminous look at his own unique pursuit of the American dream.
Like many Austrian boys in 1936, the author idolizes Fritz Austerlitz, the Austrian American who went to Hollywood and emerged as Fred Astaire. When his family is forced to flee Vienna, Fritz Mandelbaum becomes Fred Morton and immigrates to New York City.

Searching for Fritzi
Bergman, Carol. New York: Mediacs, 1999.

This memoir traces the journey of three American women - a Jewish Holocaust survivor, her daughter, and her granddaughter - in search of their family's history.

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.

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.

The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945
Wyman, David S.. New York: Pantheon Books, 1984.

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 Children We Remember
Abells, Chana Byers. London: Julia MacRae Books, 1987.

For 4 - 8 year olds, about children during the Holocaust.

The Heart Has Reasons: Holocaust Rescuers and Their Stories of Courage
Klempner, Mark. Cleveland, Ohio: Pilgrim Press, 2006.

Too Young to Remember
Heifetz, Julie. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989.

Julie Heifetz's collection of interviews with child Holocaust survivors.

Vienna and Its Jews: The Tragedy of Success: 1880s - 1980s
Berkley, George E.. Lanham, Maryland: Madison Books, 1988.

We Were Children Just Like You
Eliach, Yaffa. Brooklyn, NY: Center for Holocaust Studies and Documentation, 1990.

Where She Came From: A Daughter's Search for Her Mother's History
Epstein, Helen. Boston: Little, Brown, 1997.

A memoir of the lives of Epstein's mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

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