THE STORY OF THE SQUARE

Kindertransport Memory Quilt Square

Quilt 3, Square 4

Artist: Anne L. Fox

I was twelve years old when my parents put me on the Kindertransport in Berlin. My brother, nine years older than I, had gone to England in the summer of 1938 on a student visa.  

When he heard about the terrible happenings of November 9, Kristallnacht, he sent a telegram to my parents urging them to send me out of Germany.  He found a Jewish family in London who were willing to keep me.

I was put on a train to Hamburg on December 29, and sailed to Southampton on one of the ships belonging to the United States Line.  It was a rough crossing and I was terribly seasick along with the other children.

My brother met me at the train station in London and took me to the family.  I was not very happy there.  I had to bring the lady of the house a cup of tea to bed every morning and their son teased me mercilessly.  I attended the local County Council School and soon learned English.

The day war was declared, September 3, 1939, I was evacuated with my school to a village in the Midlands.  It was called Swineshead and had only one hundred inhabitants.  I lived with two other families before finding a home with the Manfields on a small farm.  In spite of not having electricity and running water, I was happy there.  The family was very good to me and respected the fact that I was Jewish and celebrated my own holidays.

I left the village when I was 14 and the one-room schoolhouse could not offer me any further education. The Jewish Committee sent me to Bunce Court, a boarding school in Shropshire.  Most of the students like me, had no parents in England.  After I graduated, I went to live with my sister-in-law in Cardiff, Wales, where I worked in the public library.  I had no news of my parents other than two Red Cross cards from Theresienstadt.  After the end of the war, I was told that they both perished.

Soon afterwards, I met an American soldier in the library.  We fell in love and married three months later.  A few months after my marriage, I came to America along with other war brides.  We settled in the Philadelphia area and raised a boy and a girl.  We have been married fifty-two years and are very proud of our four granddaughters.  I have published two books and am working on another one.

My husband is a retired college professor and also writes.

Anne L. Fox

 

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