KINDERTRANSPORT IN THE NEWS (2010)

 

Herman Hirschberger at a Holocaust Memorial Day event with pupils from Bentley Wood High School.

Herman Hirschberger at a Holocaust Memorial Day event with pupils from Bentley Wood High School.


Herman Hirschberger given MBE in Queen's New Year honours list

Herman Hirschberger, a Stanmore holocaust survivor on the New Year honours list says fighting for justice for Jewish refugees was the “best job I've ever done”.

He will be given an MBE by the Queen for services to the Jewish Community and the Kindertransport evacuees.

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Little Warsaw Of Kathiawar

The celebrated ‘Kindertransport’ project finds an echo in the noble decision by Digvijaysinhji, the maharaja of Nawanagar to take in Polish children from war-torn, occupied Poland and Soviet prison camps. He took personal risks to make the arrangements at a time when the world was at war, and when the exhausted refugees were denied entry at all ports. Digvijaysinhji, son of the legendary cricketer-prince Ranjitsinhji, built a camp for them beside his summer palace and made them feel at home.

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Return to ground zero: Hedy Epstein at Nuremberg

Here The Horror was nurtured and exalted - at monster rallies between 1923-1939, where hundreds of thousands of Germans massed every summer to pledge fanatic fealty to “der Führer”... And here, in Courtroom 600 of the Palace of Justice, beginning in 1945, the perpetrators of The Horror were brought to account for their deeds by the Allies... Nuremberg: ground zero.

Among the 200 honored guests in Courtroom 600 sat a diminutive 86-year-old German-born lady named Hedy Epstein.

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Far to Go: Novelist Alison Pick shines

The year is 1938. Betrayed at Munich by European countries desperate to appease Hitler — “Peace in our time,” infamously crowed Neville Chamberlain — Czechoslovakia is about to be invaded by Germany. Toronto poet and novelist Alison Pick dissects this national tragedy in a multilayered narrative, a tale of betrayals large and small, that focuses on the fates of the Bauers, secular Czech Jews.

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Care for Holocaust survivors doubled

Marion Marston, 85, of Stanmore, lost 22 members of her family in the Holocaust. She came to Britain on the Kindertransport. She struggles to afford any luxuries. "I have four hours' paid homecare a week from the AJR, and the Holocaust Survivors' Centre in Hendon is a lifeline for me. But I would be very happy to have more help."

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Faiths come together over a turban-tying demonstration

Kingston celebrated interfaith week with a Faith Fest allowing different groups to share their food and artefacts.

The week ran until Sunday, November 28, and included a talk by a survivor of the kinder transport from Nazi Germany at Kingston Liberal Synagogue.

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Year 1 Bring the Mitzvah Marathon to the Finish Line in Style

Mr Hirschberger, a refugee from Nazi Germany who came to the UK in 1939 on the Kindertransport, reminded us that we must not discriminate against anybody on the grounds of race or colour or religion. That is such an important lesson that we can take forward from this Mitzvah Marathon.

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Autumn selection of poetry by Jewish writers

Lotte Kramer came to England in 1939 with the Kindertransport. Her 13th volume, Turning the Key (Rockingham Press, £7.99) is made up of a compelling quantity of toughly pared-down lyrics. One instantly sees why she cherishes an unassumingly grey-toned necklace though . . . not prone to ornaments./It was the simple beauty of design/That spoke to me, the thinness of the chain,/The tiny pearls like petit-pois.

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KT2 Melissa Hacker begins new film

Melissa Hacker, eine New Yorker Filmemacherin hat sich der Geschichte ihrer Familie angenommen. Im NU-Gesprach erzahlt sie uber ihre Mutter Ruth Morley, eine beruhmte Filmdesignerin, die als Kind aus Wien fluchten konnte und uber ihren Grossvater Mordechai Birnholz, den Besitzer einer beruhmten Exlibris-Sammlung, die von den Nazis gestohlen wurde.

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Novel, "Far To Go" reviewed

Alison Pick’s Holocaust novel, Far To Go, puts a new spin on moral compromise and, especially, the experience of young children living in Jewish households where the growing terror becomes unbearable.

It’s 1939, and Czech secular Jews Pavel and Annaliese Bauer’s comfortable life is slowly slipping away. As Hitler makes inroads into the country, they have to make some decisions.

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Survivor's tales of horrors from the Holocaust

Ruth Barnett gave her testimony to 200 students at Bishop Gore School in Swansea, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The aim of the visit is to ensure pupils learn the lessons of the Holocaust — which led to the extermination of six million Jews by the Nazis.

London-based Ruth first came to Britain back in 1939, along with her seven-year-old brother.

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The Life and Times of Wolf Homburger

Wolf was born in Karlsruhe, Germany on December 18,1926. In 1939, at age 12, he was sent to England as part of the last Kindertransport. He spent the war years attending school at Eastbourne College, and then teaching younger students at a school which had been relocated to northern Wales. As a young man, he immigrated to the United States where in 1946 he finally reunited with his parents in New York City.

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It’s now or never

Later this month singer Max Raabe will bring his 12-piece Palast Orchester ensemble here from Germany, for the first time, for four performances of their Heute Nacht Oder Nie (Tonight or Never) show in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa.
Raabe and the band's repertoire is based on songs that were popular in Germany during the 1920s and early ’30s, “up to 1933,” as Raabe is keen to point out. Hits from America, which also made it big in Europe at the time, also feature in the show.

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Lily Renée Phillips — a Comic Books Icon — She Inked Her Way to the Top

Lithe and still a head-turner at 85, Phillips, a former model, questioned me about my history before detailing her escape in 1939 to England from Vienna, and her New York reunion with her parents. An artist since childhood, Phillips recalled the “sexual harassment” she endured as the only woman illustrator at the comic book publisher Fiction House.

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Meditations: Eva Hesse, featuring Heather L. Tyler, is at Highways Performance Space this weekend.

Meditations: Eva Hesse, featuring Heather L. Tyler, is at Highways Performance Space this weekend.


Three Works Celebrate the Life and Art of Eva Hesse this Weekend

Eva Hesse was an artist known for both her pioneering work with materials such as plastics, fiberglass and latex, as well as her short, tragic career and life. This weekend in Los Angeles, two opening art exhibitions and a new play focus on Hesse's life and work.

Born in Germany in 1936, Hesse and her sister escaped on one of the last kindertransport trains.

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'British Schindler' Holocaust hero honoured

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By Robyn Rosen, September 21, 2010

Sir Nicholas Winton, known as the British Schindler after he rescued 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia, has been honoured with the unveiling of a life-size statue of himself.

Sir Nicholas, who is 101, attended the unveiling of the bronze statue, created by sculptor Lydia Karpinska, on the Reading-bound platform at Maidenhead railway station at the weekend.

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'Austria Will Never Forget What Happened To The Jews'

An Interview with Austrian Consul General Ernst-Peter Brezovszky

Editor's Note: Daniel Retter's father, Marcus Retter, z"l, escaped from Vienna to England in 1938 on the Kindertransport.He says that since his father should have been the one asking some of the following questions, the interview is dedicated to his memory.

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Gretel Beer, Kind and author of Classic Austrian Cooking

Gretel Beer, who has died aged 89, was a Kindertransport refugee from Austria and became a highly successful writer of cook books; her Classic Austrian Cooking (1954) remains the standard work in English.

It was the first in a series on cooking in her homeland, and introduced a British public still dogged by postwar austerity and rationing to the exotic delights of thick soups, Wiener schnitzel, veal goulash, as well as famous Austrian desserts such as dumplings, nut cakes and Sachertortes.

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Looking Towards Mornington Crescent Station

Looking Towards Mornington Crescent Station


Auerbach oil painting expected to sell for £1 million

Considered one of Britain's greatest living artists, Frank Auerbach has been based in North London for his entire career, spanning over fifty years.

Auerbach was born in Berlin in 1931, to Jewish parents. In 1939 they sent him to England to escape the Nazis as part of the Kindertransport programme, where he has lived ever since. His parents died in a concentration camp.

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In My Own Write: Yekke par excellence

I’ve always thought of Devorah (Gertrude) Jerichower as a true yekke.

Born in Hamburg, she was sent to England in 1938 with her elder brother on the second Kindertransport, her parents perished in Auschwitz.

There are others like Devorah, indomitable, motivated, proud Jews and human beings. Their lives have lessons to teach about purpose, courage and endurance in an era when too many are confused, rudderless and weak. We can, if we choose, learn them.

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Lily Renée Phillips, photo by  Jo Ann Toy for Newsweek

Lily Renée Phillips, photo by Jo Ann Toy for Newsweek


A Real-Life Comic Book Superhero

You can see in her work flashes of Klimt, Schiele, Dix, and other painters she studied as a wealthy young girl in prewar Austria. You can also see the influence of what happened next: World War II.Phillips spent two years as a Jewish war refugee in England, wondering if her parents were still alive, and ultimately escaped to the U.S. with the kind of derring-do you might find in Señorita Rio, an immigrant turned spy who became Phillips’s most celebrated comic creation.

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Holocaust revisited

Papakura Museum is organizing the first-ever nationwide tour of the Anne Frank exhibition.

For Papakura District Council's community development manager Leora Hirsh the exhibition holds special significance.

Ms Hirsh's immediate family escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 and were accepted into New Zealand as refugees while others in the family made it to England through the "kinder transport" system.

Many of her extended family did not survive the holocaust.

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The Holocaust and England

Ellen J. Kennedy, Ph.D., the founder and Executive Director of World Without Genocide, a nonprofit organization committed to protecting innocent people around the world; preventing genocide by combating racism and prejudice; advocating for the prosecution of perpetrators; and remembering those whose lives and cultures have been destroyed by violence writes of her recent trip to the UK and her visit to kindertransport exhibits.

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Old boys remember Leeds school

Former pupils of a temporary wartime Ort school in Leeds were reunited, 70 years after its relocation from Berlin.

More than 100 boys aged 15-to-17 fled to Britain from Nazi Germany in 1939, along with seven teachers and their spouses. From the following year until 1942, it operated as the Ort Technical Engineering School.

Eight old boys, who keep in regular contact, were at the anniversary celebration with family members and Ort officials at London's Jewish Museum in Camden.

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Brodetsky gives its pupils a taste of the great outdoors

Local councillors and residents visited Leeds' Brodetsky Jewish Primary to officially open three new building projects.

A specially constructed nature teaching area known as the Outdoor School was dedicated to Sam Gitlic by his family, who had funded the £10,000 facility in his memory.

Mr Gitlic came to Britain as a refugee on the Kindertransport, aged 13. He was taken under the wing of the Lawrence family of Leeds.

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Holocaust Centre family receive rare triple honour

A FAMILY who founded the UK's first Holocaust memorial centre are to receive a rare triple honour.

Marina Smith and sons James and Stephen will receive honorary degrees from Nottingham Trent University.

Much of the award-winning exhibition focuses on the Kindertransport.

Also based at the centre is the Aegis Trust, a genocide prevention organisation the Smiths founded in 2000.

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The Andorra Star

Otto was 17 years old when his father Karl and his mother Bertha put him on a train bound for Holland. It was August 18, 1939. He was the youngest in his family. His brothers and sisters were too old to be included in the Kindertransport.

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Wolf Homburger dies at 83

The former Assistant Director of ITS Berkeley and the author of a widely used textbook on traffic engineering, died June 9,2010. Homburger was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1926. In 1939, at age 12, he was sent to England on a Kindertransport. He was a committed supporter of Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam, a village in Israel where Jewish and Arab families live together in a peace-building effort.

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While pitying Gaza, we can't forget our debt to the Jews

When the Jewish people were in peril of being totally extinguished, Ireland - or 'Eire', as the 26 counties were then called - did not lift a finger to help out.

The Irish National Archives have overflowing files of letters to the Irish authorities from European Jews in the period 1938-1940, begging for help from or asylum in this country.

Mr de Valera even refused to participate in the 'Kindertransport' project.

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The Kindertransport Association Conference

The Kindertransport Association has announced that it will host its Biennial Conference in Arlington, Virginia October 15-17, 2010. The event is expected to draw hundreds of members from throughout the United States.

“We are very excited to be convening again this year.” said Kurt Goldberger, President of
the KTA. “First, second and third generation KTA members as well as others who attend will experience a rich, meaningful weekend.”

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Holocaust Memorial Walk Remembers Child Victims

Despite the rain outside, the crowd inside the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County’s new museum walked and learned as they toured the galleries and learned from the Center’s docents about the experiences of children during the Holocaust. On this special day, the Center held its annual Memorial Walk to remember the children who were murdered during the Holocaust.

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National History Day projects moving on to national event

Four Onalaska eighth-graders began working on this year’s National History Day projects before the school year even began.

Sam Chilsen, Ben Reimler, Mary Diermeier and Tori Charnetzki spent last summer investigating topics and looking at the competition’s guidelines.

Their final projects,including “Kindertransport: Journey to Safety,” a documentary by Chilsen and Reimler, qualified May 1 for the national competition to be held June 13-17 at the University of Maryland-College Park.

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Understanding Social Space May Help Us Fight Genocide

Physicists study physical space. Geneticists study biological space. In Our Quest for Effective Living, author Fred Emil Katz studies social space. This isn't the kind of social space we access through Facebook or an Internet chat room, but the interchanges between creatures and their surroundings.

Katz, a sociologist and a Kindertransport survivor of the Holocaust, has previously published two books that present convincing explanations of how good people can do horrible things.

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St. Charles (Ohio) welcomes special classroom guests

Felix Weil, 82, shared his first-hand experience of traveling on the first Kindertransport that departed Germany for England in 1938. He related a tale of being chosen from a lottery, leaving his sobbing parents at the station (never to see them again),and finding three sizes of pants - from child, adolescent, and adult - in his meager suitcase.


In addition to his personal experience, Weil explained the political, social & religious climate of Poland, Russia and Germany during that time.

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The Germans who took up arms against Hitler

It's 65 years since Hitler drafted his will before committing suicide. The men who translated it were Germans who fled to Britain to take up arms against their own country. Two new memoirs shed light on this little-known group.

Among them was Herman Rothman, a Jew born in Berlin. He came to England aged 14 on the Kindertransport, fleeing Nazi persecution shortly before war broke out in 1939.

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Living history: Holocaust survivor feels obliged to tell her story

"I feel very privileged to be here," said Hildegard "Hilde" Gernsheimer, Wyomissing, recently addressing about 150 students studying the Holocaust in elective courses taught by Jennifer Goss at Fleetwood High School.

Goss, who was on a December 1, 1938 Kindertransport, was named one of Pennsylvania's Best Practices in Holocaust Education teachers in 2008.

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As years go by, Georgia Holocaust survivors more vocal about war stories

Atlanta architect and author of two memoirs Benjamin Hirsch’s mother secured passage on a Kindertransport to Paris for five of her children, including 6-year-old Ben. The train left Frankfurt on Dec. 5, 1938, less than a month after Kristallnacht when Hirsch watched his family’s Freidberger Anlage Synagogue torched and ransacked.

That was the last time he saw his mother. Nazi police had already taken his father, a dentist, on Kristallnacht and sent him to Buchenwald.

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Lola Hahn-Warburg: My successful guardian angel

Gerard Friedenfeld writes of his experiences as a Kind in England and with Lola Hahn-Warburg: I arrived at London’s Liverpool Street station from Prague in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on June 2, 1939 at age 14. I and 135 other Jewish children had left our parents in Prague two days earlier, becoming instant orphans and heading into the unknown, among strangers.

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David Zeehandelaar, respected attorney

David Zeehandelaar packed a lot of accomplishment in his short life. He was a partner in the law firm of Blank Rome LLP, served on the executive committee of the Mayor's Airport Advisory Board, was a judge pro tempore in the Court of Common Pleas and was a strong supporter of Israel and Jewish causes.

David's mother escaped the Nazis aboard the famed "kindertransport" that took mostly Jewish children to England from Nazi Germany and other countries before the start of World War II.

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Jewish Museum in Camden, London opens

The main gallery charts the history of the Jewish community in Britain from 1066, most effectively the 19th and 20th centuries.

Individual exhibits include a tiny doll brought over by a child refugee on the Kindertransport and a bible which was the only object an anti-apartheid activist was allowed to take with him into solitary confinement in South Africa.

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The History of the Jewish Star in the Realm of the Union Jack

One of the first objects you see in the newly expanded Jewish Museum London,is also one of the museum’s oldest: the remains of a 13th-century Jewish ritual bath uncovered during a 2001 construction project.

We see a doll, letters and photos carried by some of the 10,000 Jewish children rescued from Nazi Germany by Britain in 1938 and 1939 in the Kindertransport. But we also learn that in 1940 some 27,000 Jewish refugees from Germany were treated as enemy aliens and held in detention camps.

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Mizel Museum acquires Lowenstein collection

Long before Henry Lowenstein became known as Denver’s most prominent theater producer, he was a child of the kindertransport. Now the theater legend has has gifted his personal documents from World War II to the Mizel Museum at the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture.

These documents detail his family’s struggle to survive the Holocaust.

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REMEMBERING: Herbert Levy remembers his time as a 10-year-old Jewish boy in the internee camp at Bradda Glen, Port Erin

REMEMBERING: Herbert Levy remembers his time as a 10-year-old Jewish boy in the internee camp at Bradda Glen, Port Erin


Survivor's story is moving opener for Anne Frank display

WHEN Herbert Levy was 10 years old, he spent a summer in Bradda Glen holiday camp in Port Erin.

It was 1939 and he was a Jewish internee sent to the Isle of Man with many other 'alien enemies' in Britain.

He said: 'We tried to leave Germany for a long time but other countries just wouldn't have us. But after Kristallnacht, the night the synagogues were smashed, Britain agreed to take Jewish children on a kindertransport train and I was one of those children who came over."

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Dan Springer, chairman of the fine and performing arts department at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.

Dan Springer, chairman of the fine and performing arts department at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.


Dan Springer: Arts Educator of the Year

CAPE COD —In 1995, Springer was hired to teach at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School where he has served as chairman of the school’s fine and performing arts department since 2007.

Springer grew up in New York City, the son and grandson of Holocaust survivors.His father Max Springer survived thanks to the Kindertransport. At age 10, Max Springer was sent to England “to relatives he didn’t know and a language he didn’t speak.”

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The remarkable stories of Britain's Heroes of the Holocaust

The Prime Minister has recognised 27 British men and women as "Heroes of the Holocaust". Here are their stories of extraordinary bravery in the face of Nazi persecution.

Sir Nicholas Winton and Bertha Bracey are among those recognized.

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Medal for anti-Nazi Quaker

A British Quaker who worked against Nazism in the 1930s has been honoured by the UK government.

Bertha Bracey has now been posthumously awarded a medal, inscribed “In the Service of Humanity”.

After the Nazis came to power in Germany, she campaigned for a relaxation of immigration controls for the sake of Jews and other persecuted groups. As Secretary of the Friends Committee on Refugees and Aliens, Bracey’s work was central to the establishment of the Kindertransport.

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British heroes of the Holocaust honoured

The first ever recognition of Britons who saved the lives of Jews and other persecuted groups during the Holocaust will be bestowed by the Prime Minister.

Mr Brown said: "It is right that we reflect and learn from the past as we go forward in the future. That is why I was pleased to create a new award to recognise those amazing British individuals who through extraordinary and selfless acts of bravery protected and rescued Jews and others in the Holocaust."

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Nicholas Winton, the man called the British Schindler

Nicholas Winton, the man called the British Schindler


Britons honoured for holocaust heroism

Two surviving recipients, Sir Nicholas Winton and Denis Avey, will be given their medals in person while another 25 will be recognised posthumously.

Mr Brown said all were ''true British heroes and a source of national pride for all of us'' and should inspire future generations.

Sir Nicholas Winton, who is now 100, organised the rescue of 669 mainly Jewish children by train from Prague in 1939

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March 8: Fillmore East

Bill Graham opened the Fillmore East in New York’s East Village on this day in 1968 with a concert that featured Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin), Albert King, and Tim Buckley. Graham (Wolodia Grajonca) was given to a Berlin orphanage at age 8 by his Russian mother in Nazi Germany. He was spirited to France, and then to the U.S. in 1941 as part of HIAS’s “One Thousand Children” kindertransport (the only unaccompanied children rescued from the Holocaust by the U.S.).

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Is this the end of Holocaust literature?

65 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, should the Holocaust's place in Jewish literature change?

A quick look at the programme for Jewish Book Week shows a diverse range of topics, from cookery to sport, mathematics to Hebrew, the global economic crisis to the one in Israel-Palestine. And then, of course, there's the Holocaust: as embedded in contemporary Jewish literary culture as riffs on overbearing mothers and diasporic angst.

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Peter Spiro obituary

Our father, Peter Spiro, who has died aged 79, was a child Holocaust survivor. Born in Vienna, he came to Britain alone as an eight-year-old, on the kindertransport trains from Nazi-occupied Austria. Peter was later reunited with his father, a journalist, writer and radical, and then with his beloved mother. Peter was always grateful and loyal to the Britain that welcomed him and his family.

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Henry Ehrenreich obituary

Henry Ehrenreich was born in Frankfurt on May 11, 1928, the only child of Frieda and Nathan—a prominent pianist, choral conductor, and music critic. It was not an auspicious time to be born a Jew in Germany.

On June 20, 1939, Frieda entrusted 11-year-old Henry to the Kindertransport. The visa on which Henry traveled, and which saved his life, had been issued to a distant cousin whose family passed it on to Henry when they decided to stick together.

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Bay Area Holocaust survivors respond to "Mein Kampf" exhibit

The exhibit, which features 600 of the altered pages, will be in San Francisco at the Contemporary Jewish Museum through June 8, 2010.

"France is having a very difficult time with facing its history of the Holocaust,I am amazed that that quality of response and the deep emotionalism comes from France." said Ralph Samuel, who was born in Dresden and survived the war as part of the Kinder Transport.

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ivolunteer Arranges Visits With Holocaust Survivors

She turned to Heilbrunn and asked, “Am I giving you joy?”

“Yes,” Heilbrunn replied.

“The more I’m with Inge ... I get good feelings about our meetings,” Glicksman said.

“I remember sitting at breakfast and hearing a knock at the door,” Heilbrunn said. Her father was taken and imprisoned in Buchenwald for a time. On Dec. 1, 1938, Heilbrunn and her sister were placed in the Kindertransport. Heilbrunn was 14, her sister 11.

For information about iVolunteer, go to ivolunteerny.com

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Class 4 of St. Teilo’s School, Tenby, remembers Holocaust Memorial Day  (January 27).

Class 4 of St. Teilo’s School, Tenby, remembers Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27).


Holocaust Memorial Day remembered in Tenby

Class 4 of St. Teilo’s School, Tenby, remembered Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27) when Mrs. Annette Hollows gave the class a talk about Sir Nicholas Winton and the Kindertransport and the horrors of the Holocaust. The class responded by producing a book of prayers for all those who died during WW2.

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A Survivor's Tale

“I was 11-years-old, came home from school and my father said I could not go back to school the next day,” said Anne Herrman, a resident of Greenspring Village in Springfield. “He said he and my mother could not go to work.”

“At midnight in April 1939, my sister and I were taken to the train station by my parents,” Herrman said.“‘We will never see you again [her parents said].’” She and her sister had become part of Kindertransport, a program that transported Jewish children out of Germany.

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Martin Maxwell, 85 accepts honorary degree.

Martin Maxwell, 85 accepts honorary degree.


lessons in optimism from a Holocaust survivor

A Toronto businessman who narrowly escaped the Holocaust as a teenager was awarded an honourary diploma from a Summerhill private school this morning.

Orphaned at a young age in Austria, Mr. Maxwell left a Vienna orphange at 14 following Kristallnacht, and never received his high school diploma.

He narrowly escaped being sent to a concentration camp, where his two younger sisters lost their lives, on a Kindertransport to England.

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Vernon W. Fischer dies: Retired anatomy professor at SLU

Vernon W. Fischer, a popular retired professor at St. Louis University School of Medicine, died Tuesday (Feb. 2, 2010)after a lengthy illness and a stroke last year.

Colleagues said Professor Fischer could make a dry subject — anatomy — meaningful. Senior medical students recognized him as a top teacher, awarding him their Golden Apple award.

Professor Fischer was born in Germany in 1923. In August 1939,he fled through the Kindertransport. He lived in England before moving to St. Louis.

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Schooling students on horrors of war

Martin Maxwell, 85, was 14 years old and about three months shy of earning a high school diploma when he fled Vienna in 1939.

Maxwell escaped to England, joined the British armed forces, became a glider pilot, was captured behind enemy lines and later freed.

Despite the horrors he has witnessed he maintains a cheerful demeanour and sense of humour. As he prepared to receive his diploma, Maxwell joked: "I hope they don't expect me to go to university next."

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Holocaust survivor meets Walsall students

Susi Bechhofer visited a school as part of a week of events marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Susi Bechhofer, who escaped Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport in 1939, visited Barr Beacon Language College, and spoke to over 100 pupils about the atrocities and her journey in finding her true identity.

For over 50 years Susi did not know her identity, having been sent to an orphanage as a child and brought up as a baptist in Wales.

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Holocaust survivor shares his experiences with Dunmow school pupils

Harry Bibring, a Holocaust survivor, is visiting The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, in Great Dunmow.

He will be talking to Year 10 students about his experiences during an event organised to mark the international Holocaust Memorial Day.

Mr Bibring was born in Austria in 1925. His family suffered from persecution following Germany's annexing of Austria in 1938 and the family planned their escape. He was sent by his parents to the UK with his sister on a Kindertransport.

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Holocaust’s horrors live on in memories for Dorset man

His parents and sister perished at Auschwitz concentration camp.

Sixty-five years later, Walter Kammerling ensured their memories lived on during moving Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations in Bournemouth.

As a youth, Walter witnessed Nazi persecution in Vienna before his parents sent him to Britain; a decision that would ultimately save his life.

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Suffolk pupils mark Holocaust Memorial Day

About 60 pupils from Lothingland and Gisleham Middle Schools caught a train to travel from Beccles to Lowestoft yesterday morning to recreate part of a journey made by Jewish refugee children as part of Holocaust Memorial Day.

The children, who carried handmade replica suitcases on the trip, arrived at the station in time for the unveiling of a memorial plaque which commemorates the arrival of a kindertransport train carrying Jewish refugees at Lowestoft railway station in December 1938.

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Holocaust survivor tells how she was brought to safety in Wales, aged 5

A woman who lost more than 65 members of her family in the Nazi Holocaust spoke of her devastating experiences, as part of a national commemoration.

Mrs Collins was just five when she was bundled onto a train by her mother and family doctor with no idea where she was going on June 30, 1939.

She had no idea that she would never see her mother, Hilda Altschul, or father, Otto Heinz, again. Both were to die in Poland’s concentration camps.

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Pupils learn Holocaust lessons

Primary school children from across Liverpool will unite at the Town Hall tomorrow to hear the stories of people affected by the Holocaust.

They will meet three women who fled to the UK to escape the Holocaust and will take part in questions and discussions.

Speaking to the young people will be Inge Goldrein, a retired circuit judge, who escaped to the UK in 1939, aged eight, on a Kindertransport from Vienna.

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Why we should never forget the holocaust

From the Uxbridge Gazette: 2,000 children from 33 schools will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Northwood – the largest in the UK.

Ann Kirk, 81, was just 10 when she left her parents in Germany in 1938 and escaped to England on a Kindertransport.

"The Holocaust has become part of history but it's so important that the world never forgets what happened and never underestimates the danger of racial prejudice and discrimination – that's exactly why we share our experiences."

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Book of Dr. Ruth

On Thursday 21, the psychosexual therapist speaks at Planned Parenthood of Illinois’s annual Roe v. Wade event,“The Future of Choice.”

You were very young when your family sent you from Frankfurt to Switzerland on a Kindertransport.
"On January 5, 1939, I was on that train. If my parents hadn’t put me on that train, I wouldn’t be alive. Every January 5, some of my friends and I who were on the train, we talk to each other."

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Haiti Q&A: The ethics of disaster adoption

Q. Is it ethical to relocate children from disaster zones?

A. There are honourable precedents such as the Kindertransport programme. But children's advocacy groups warn against mass airlifts of youngsters overseas in the wake of natural disasters... Given the chaotic state of communications in Haiti right now, a big fear is that some children may be shipped overseas without proper checks to see if any extended family members are alive.

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Holocaust escapee tells her story

A woman who lost 60 members of her family in the Nazi holocaust and escaped from Prague on the last children's train from the city in 1939 will tell her story at Bridgend's Holocaust Memorial Day.

Renate Collins, who went on to grow up in the South Wales Valleys, lost approximately 60 members of her family in the Holocaust, including her parents Otto and Hilda Kress.

She still wears her mother and grandmother’s rings which were smuggled out of a concentration camp in a loaf of bread.

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Waveney remembers the Holocaust

Waveney will mark Holocaust Memorial Day with special events to remember the part the district played over 70 years ago.

The commemorations begin with a launch event at St Felix School, Southwold.The school took care of around 200 Jewish boys, aged 12-18 over the Christmas period in December 1938.

On Holocaust Memorial Day 60 local schoolchildren will re-trace the last leg of the refugees' journey, on to Pontins in Pakefield, where the Kindertransport refugees were billeted.

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Row over definition of Holocaust survivor

A row has broken out over the meaning of the term Holocaust survivor after an 85-year-old grandmother used it to describe herself when criticising Israeli action against Palestinians.

German-born Hedy Epstein was attacked by a senior figure in the Zionist Federation who dismissed her as a refugee “touted as a trophy survivor” to help vilify Israel.

The row exploded into a heated online exchange and a debate about whether historians had a proper definition of the term.

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Fred Rosenbaum, 1926-2010

He said it to everyone, from Air National Guardsmen deploying to Iraq to the at-risk kids attending the summer camp he established at Camp Rilea.

"America," he would say, "is the greatest country in the world." To the young ones, he would add, "You can go as high as you want to." He knew he was blessed to rise from persecution to honor and he would not let that blessing stop with him. It was his lifelong practice to pass it along.

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Millbury resident releases book on the Holocaust

The 10,000 Children That Hitler Missed

With very few family members still alive, more than six years ago, Lori Greshler started to research her own family tree. Through the digging, she realized her family lost approximately 100 members to the Holocaust. "It just touched me so much," says Greschler, "because their voices were stifled, I had to keep their memories alive and let people understand that these were real people like you and me who had hopes and dreams."

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Kindertransport refugee knighted by Queen Elizabeth

Erich Reich, one of thousands of Kindertransport children sent from Nazi-occupied Europe to Britain during World War II, was among the people knighted by Queen Elizabeth as part of the annual New Year's Honours list, the Telegraph reported Thursday.

Reich, 74, is chairman of the Kindertransport Group of the Association of Jewish Refugees, who organized the celebrations last year to mark the 70th anniversary of the British Parliament's decision to allow the children to enter the country.

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