World Kindertransport Day
DECEMBER 2, 2013
The Kindertransport Association proclaims December 2, 2013 as World Kindertransport Day - the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Kindertransports.
The Kindertransport (children’s transport) was a rescue mission that saved the lives of nearly 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and the Free City of Danzig in the nine months leading up to WWII.
The first Kindertransport left Berlin carrying 200 children from a Jewish orphanage in Berlin which had been destroyed in the Kristallnacht pogrom, and arrived in Harwich, Great Britain on December 2nd, 1938.
While nearly 10,000 children were saved, many of the heroic parents who sent them away were murdered in concentration camps, and more than 1.5 million Jewish children were killed by the Nazis.
The Kindertransport Association (KTA) is a not-for-profit organization that unites these child Holocaust refugees and their descendants. The KTA shares their stories, honors those who made the Kindertransport possible, and supports charitable work that aids children in need.
Commemorative events including reunions, conferences, plays, speeches and film screenings are being planned in the United States, Great Britain, Germany and Australia.
Supporting Organizations: World Jewish Relief (UK), World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants, The Association of Holocaust Organizations, World Without Genocide, Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
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