From Vienna with Love (and Other Mixed Emotions)

Peter Wortsman, an American 2G, on Vienna on a fellowship from the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Literatur (the Austrian Society for Literature) encounters a KT2 at the Servittengasse memorial.

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Sir Erich Reich: ‘I belonged nowhere, but everywhere at the same time’

The entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist details his life as a Kindertransport orphan in his new memoirs, The Boy In The Statue.

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UK response to refugee crisis less organised than Kindertransport

Dame Stephanie Shirley said the modern response doesn’t compare to how ‘Christian and Jewish activists got 10,000 children out’

Dame Stephanie Shirley arrived in Britain in 1939 as one of 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees who fled the Nazis.

She spoke as she received her damehood at Buckingham Palace for services to IT and philanthropy.

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Surviving the Holocaust to saving refugee children: Lord Alfred Dubs

"I’m saying to Theresa May: you know about child refugees, you know Nicholas Winton who organised the Kindertransport from Prague which saved my life; before he died he was a constituent of yours.You used to meet him. Please remember what he did. Please remember that as a country we’re humanitarian.

Surely, surely, we can do better for child refugees than we’re now doing. Please think again." Watch video

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German educator recounts stories from kindertransport

Angelika Rieber, a historian and life-long educator from Frankfurt, Germany, presented research she has done on the program and the stories she’s heard from those saved by it.

Rieber began her presentation by explaining the kindertransport, a system by which Jewish children in Germany, specifically Frankfurt for her research, would escape the tightening grasp of Nazi rule before the onset of World War II by applying for transport to England, France or the U.S.

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Survivor Lore Rosen: Saved by Kindertransport and self-reliance

Aafter Hitler came to power in 1933, Lore, then 9, remembers standing in the street watching the brownshirts marching and singing. She wanted to join in until she realized they were singing, “When the Jewish blood flows from the knife, we’ll all be better off.”

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KIndertransport play at the Bedford Stage Company

Playwright Diane Samuels said: “My play does focus on a particular happening at a particular time, yet it also taps into a universal human experience, that of a mother’s separation from her child. Most of all my focus when writing the play is to probe the inner life where memory is shaped by trauma, history meets story, in order to gain psychological and emotional insight into how a damaged psyche can survive, possibly recover, and whether there might ever be an opportunity to thrive.”

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We Are All Children Here

Paul Mandelbaum writes of his experiences at the November 2016 World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust/Kindertransport Association/Generations of the Shoah International Conference, GENERATIONS TOGETHER, in Southern California.

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Lord Dubs: Labour’s slowness to act on anti-Semitism let it ‘fester’

Lord Dubs, who escaped the Nazis on a Kindertransport from Prague in the summer of 1939 when he was just six years old, said the Labour leader is now “doing okay” at tackling anti-Semitism.

But as a new row over the problem threatened to overshadow the party’s conference in Brighton, the Labour peer warned “you’ve got to nip these things in the bud immediately”, noting “the Holocaust began with words”.

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Lord Dubs praises synagogues for work helping refugees

Lord Dubs, the Jewish-born peer whose life was saved by the Kindertransport as a child of six, this week paid fulsome tribute to the synagogues in the UK for their work on helping refugees and asylum seekers.

Speaking at a fringe meeting at the Labour Party conference in Brighton organised by the Jewish Labour Movement and the Jewish Campaign for Racial Equality, Lord Dubs urged everyone in the audience to challenge their local MPs and councils to take child refugees into the UK.

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Holocaust Educational Trust on mission to bring stories of Willesden Lane

Aimed at students aged between 10 an 13, the project is based on The Children of Willesden Lane, a book which tells the story of Lisa Jura who was brought to England on the Kindertransport.

The Trust is urging schools to make the project part of their curriculum in 2018 in order to encourage wider reflection on the story of the 10,000 Jewish children whose lives were saved thanks to their safe passage to the UK.

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Kindertransport follows a young German-Jewish refugee to England in 1939

Like the stage adaptation of Anne Frank's diary, Diane Samuels' play Kindertransport views the Holocaust through the eyes of a child. Unlike that of Anne Frank, its story extends beyond the Nazi era and into the present.

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Survivor On White Supremacists:I Never Thought This Would Happen In the USA

Magie Furst, a Kindertransport survivor in Dallas, Texas knows first hand that hatred corrupts.

As a Jewish child in Germany when the Nazis came to power, she saw her life begin to unravel, when even venturing into the streets was hazardous.

“Hitler Youth were there to make the Jewish children’s lives as miserable as possible,” recalled Furst while speaking to visitors Wednesday at a planned talk at the Dallas Holocaust Museum. “My brother and I could not go out without getting beat up.”

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British Kindertransport escapee officially world’s oldest living radio host

A British-Israeli journalist who made aliyah in 2004 has been awarded a Guinness World Record as the oldest radio talk show host at the age of 93.

Walter Bingham was acknowledged as Israel’s oldest field journalist in 2015, and is honoured by the Guinness Book of Records for his radio show ‘Walter’s World.’

His remarkable life saw him witness Nazi book burnings before escaping to England on the Kindertransport, where he lived in a kibbutz-type community before joining the war effort.

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Peter T. White, globe-trotting National Geographic writer, dies at 92

Peter T. White was a National Geographic writer who slogged through tropical rain forests, hiked the Tyrolean Alps, examined addictive and therapeutic uses of the opium poppy and wrote about tribes in the Brazilian jungle who ate their dead as a gesture of respect.

Peter Theodor Futterweit was born May 11,1925,in Vienna. His father, a Jewish World War I veteran decorated for bravery, was killed by a bomb tossed into his shop in June 1933 during an anti-Semitic outburst of violence.

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Kindertransport musical to be performed at Maidenhead Synagogue

The musical narrative tells the story of the Czech ‘Kindertransport’, a rescue operation for Jewish children set up in Prague by the late Sir Nicholas Winton, who lived in Maidenhead.

Sir Nicholas, who has a statue at Maidenhead Train Station, helped transport and find foster families for more than 600 Czech children.

The music was written by renowned composer Carl Davis who lives in Windsor.

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Focus on Kindertransport for Yom HaShoah at NWSS

North West Surrey Synagogue (NWSS) held its annual Yom HaShoah commemoration on Sunday 23 April.

The theme was ‘Recalling the Journey through Folk Art’, focusing on the Kindertransport. The Traveling Exhibition of Memory Quilts, created by the Kindertransport Association was on display, visiting the UK for the first time ever.

Anita Grosz, who facilitated the Memory Quilt Project, was the featured speaker.

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Holocaust survivor who escaped Czechoslovakia to speak in West Michigan

MUSKEGON, MI - Renata Laxova was one of 669 children to escape Czechoslovakia on the Kindertransport, which took children to foster homes in Britain from 1938-1939, prior to the start World War II. Eight transports were organized by Sir Nicholas George Winton from Prague, Czechoslovakia, to Britain.

She will tell her story and answer questions at three presentations in Muskegon and Ludington from Sunday, April 23-Tuesday, April 25.

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Barbara Bedell: Kindertransport, an inspiring program to remember

The annual Holocaust Commemoration Program at Temple Sinai on Highland Avenue in Middletown will be from 7-9 p.m. April 23.

It will begin with the solemn lighting of six candles, honoring the memory of 6 million men, women and children who perished in the Holocaust.

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A New Novel Explores Art Theft, History, and Child Refugees

Ellen Umansky’s debut novel The Fortunate Ones traces a stolen work of art from World War II Vienna to contemporary Los Angeles. The painting is “The Bellhop,” a fictional reimagining of the real-life painter Chaim Soutine‘s portraits of bellboys and porters. “The Bellhop” is stolen from Rose’s apartment after Nazis invade Vienna.

Rose’s life has been uprooted - she and her brother have been sent from Austria to England via Kindertransport.

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Vera Coppard-Leibovic dies; escaped Holocaust age 12 with Kindertransport

Vera Coppard-Leibovic had a cause, to educate others about the horrors of the Holocaust, and nothing would stop her from sharing her own experiences, as one of about 10,000 children to escape the Nazis on the Kindertransport trains.

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Westport Country Playhouse to Host Conversation with Kindertransportee

Ivan Backer is the author of "My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy's Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism." Backer was able to flee Nazi Europe on the Kindertransport, the "children's trains," organized by Sir Nicholas Winton who almost single-handedly rescued 669 children. Other Kindertransports from Europe were supported by British charities and moved thousands of children to safety in England.

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Gustav Metzger, Pioneer of ‘Auto-Destructive Art’, Dies at 90

Gustav Metzger, one of the most provocative and politically-minded anti-artists of the late 20th century, died last week in London, the city where he arrived as a 13-year-old in 1939 on a Kindertransport from Nazi Germany.

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Interfaith campaigners aim to lobby Prime Minister over child refugees

There is a ‘real will’ to find homes for child refugees in the UK, campaigners have said, despite a Parliamentary defeat on the issue.

On Tuesday, MPs knocked back an attempt to revive a scheme to provide shelter for unaccompanied youngsters fleeing warzones in Syria.

Known as the Dubs Amendment, it was inspired by Lord Alf Dubs, who was brought to Britain with the Kindertransport organised by Maidenhead’s Sir Nicholas Winton on the eve of the Second World War.

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Closing Our Doors

In 1939, a refugee ban kept 20,000 Jewish children out of the U.S.

Our rejection of refugees is an inextricable part of the American story, and Trump’s ban hews to that narrative more than we’d prefer to recall.

One such black spot on our history mirrors the present moment particularly closely. In the late 1930s, the United States had a chance to save 20,000 Jewish children fleeing Nazi persecution, by means of a program that would have mirrored the British Kindertransport.

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Holocaust survivor's second novel will keep her memory alive

The life story of a woman who escaped the Nazis on one of the last Kindertransport trains has been published six months after her death.

Sylvia’s first book, Laugh or Cry about her childhood growing up in Nazi Germany was published in 2015 and she died as her second book Cry or Laugh was being completed.

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olocaust survivor tells her story to pupils

At the age of four, Mrs Barnett and her seven-year-old brother travelled across Germany and Holland by train with hundreds of other children from Berlin and arrived in the British port of Harwich.

Having been moved several times around South-East England between various foster families, she was finally able to settle in London after the end of the Second World War.

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May government ends limited scheme allowing lone child refugees to Britain

Theresa May’s Conservative government has reneged on any commitment to provide asylum in the UK to lone child refugees languishing in desperate conditions near the port of Calais in France.

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200+ Kindertransport Survivors and Descendants Urge Support for Refugees

On February 13, over 200 Kindertransport survivors and descendants sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to keep America’s doors open to today’s refugees.

Noting that “more than 10 million of today’s 21 million refugees are children,” the letter urges President Trump to keep America’s doors open to refugees. It reads, in part:

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Herta Stanton, from Windlesham Manor in Crowborough, has turned 100 Read more at

Herta Stanton, from Windlesham Manor in Crowborough, has turned 100 Read more at

This Crowborough woman fled the Nazis with just the clothes on her back

A Crowborough woman who fled the Nazis as the escort of a young boy on the Kindertransport before the start of the Second World War has celebrated her 100th birthday.

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why we must protect world’s youngest refugees

Several times a week for the past decade, as I have left Liverpool Street Station from the Ipswich train, I walk past a bronze statue of an anxious-looking boy and girl with their suitcases.

The statues, part of a series in the station commemorating the Kindertransport and its leader, Sir Nicholas Winton, are a reminder of the heroes who faced down fascism.

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Kindertransport peer launches fund for refugees after government U-turn

Lord Dubs, who was a Kindertransport refugee himself, is launching a fund to help bring children fleeing war and persecution to Britain, the JC can reveal.

The Jewish Labour peer and 10 of his fellow Kinder have set up the Alf Dubs Children’s Fund and donated between £500 and £1,000 each. They say they were inspired Sir Nicholas Winton, the man who rescued them.

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Sir Nicholas Winton would be 'horrified' to scrap child refugee scheme

A refugee rights campaigner has said he is ‘bitterly disappointed’ by the government’s decision to stop providing sanctuary for lone child refugees.

Lord Dubs, who came to the UK shortly before the Second World War as part of the Kindertransport organised by Maidenhead’s Sir Nicholas Winton, blasted the announcement from the Home Office on Wednesday, February 8, that the scheme is to end.

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They Escaped The Holocaust As Children. Now They Have A Message For Trump.

Jewish Holocaust survivors who fled Nazi Germany and other countries as children have a request for President Donald Trump: “Keep the doors open to refugees.”

In a letter to Trump released Monday, more than 200 family members and survivors of the Kindertransport a program that sent around 10,000 Jewish child refugees to Britain from Nazi Germany and other European nations urged Trump to continue to resettle refugees, especially children, in America.

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The Kindertransport saved my sister. Britain must make that effort again

I think often about the refugees that we in the UK aren’t helping, especially the unaccompanied children wandering about Europe. I probably feel so strongly because at the age of eight (I am now 86), I acquired a big sister who was a refugee.

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Meeting the Holocaust survivors who made me a better person

In the summer of 2011, I was sent to interview a Jewish couple at their home in Giffnock, just south of Glasgow. Henry and Ingrid Wuga: Holocaust survivors in their late 80s who had come to the UK on the Kindertransport when they were 15 and 14.

Henry and Ingrid’s capacity for remembering is inexhaustible, their humanity intoxicating and their willingness to see good unshakeable. They are my inspiration

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Daughter of 'British Schindler' urges May to help more child refugees

The daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton, the British humanitarian who organised the Czech Kindertransport operation that saved 669 children on the eve of the second world war, has called on Theresa May to remember her father’s example and “do the right thing” by reconsidering the decision to close the Dubs scheme for vulnerable refugee children.

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Britain’s Kinder slam May for child refuge U-turn

Sir Erich Reich, who arrived in the UK aged four, and whose parents were subsequently murdered at Auschwitz, said the government had “gone back on its word” to bring in 3,000 unaccompanied children to the UK for safe haven.

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UK ending child refugee program proposed by Kindertransport passenger

Britain is ending a program to take in child refugees proposed by a politician who arrived in the country by Kindertransport during World War II.

Proponents of the program had wanted the United Kingdom to take in as many as 3,000 lone child refugees, but the government said Wednesday that the initiative would end in March after the resettling of 350 children, according to The Guardian

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Kindertransport Holocaust Survivors Make Impassioned Plea vs Muslim Ban

In the months before the start of World War II, 10,000 mostly Jewish children were saved on a “Kindertransport” or children’s transport. Now these “children” are making their voices heard to fight for current refugees hoping to come to America.

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Children of Nazi travel ban stand up for children of Trump travel ban

In one corner of the Jewish community, reaction to the Trump ban on immigration has traveled quickly. Almost as soon as the ban on people from seven Muslim-majority nations entering the U.S. went into effect, an organization made up of mostly Jews who were rescued from the Holocaust via transport to Great Britain, and their descendants, circulated to its members a letter of protest addressed to President Trump. “We write to urge you to keep the doors open to refugees,” said the letter.

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Reaction to the Trump ban on immigration has traveled quickly.

Connecting to the plight of these children, the Kindertransport letter to the president points out that “in the months just before the start of World War II, nearly 10,000 children were sent from Nazi Germany, Austria, Poland, and Czechoslovakia to Great Britain. These children’s lives – our lives, and our parents’ and grandparents’ lives – were saved by the Kindertransport movement.”

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Memorial For Sir Nicholas Winton, London 2016

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The US closed its borders to refugees again. Have we learned nothing?

From 1938 to 1940, England accepted about 10,000 child refugees from Germany and other German-annexed territories, under a program called the Kindertransport.

Meanwhile, in the United States, a congressional bill to accept 20,000 child refugees under a similar program died in committee, because one of the arguments against the bill was that accepting children without their parents was contrary to the laws of God.

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Holocaust survivor Bernard Grunberg tells how he never saw his family again

A Derby Holocaust survivor has spoken of his "extremely lucky" escape in a heartfelt video aimed to tell the city's students the true horror of the horrific Nazi regime.

As part of his special visit, which took place to mark National Holocaust Memorial Day, the inspirational survivor, from Alvaston, also spoke of his life in front of the camera for a video filmed by the university.

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Child survivor of concentration camps speaks out on Holocaust Memorial Day

The Mayor of Newham said: “During World War II, this city and this country came to the aid of thousands of Jewish children escaping Nazism through the Kindertransport, but it is absolutely undeniable that the British Government did too little to prevent and alleviate suffering during the Holocaust.”

Sir Robin Wales said that Newham “absolutely stands ready to do our bit and to do our share” with the current refugee crisis from Syria.

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From Dortmund to the West Midlands in 1939

“At the time I didn’t understand why I was being sent like a parcel with a label to a strange country, with strange people and a strange language. But I know because of that I survived, when others didn’t. I think I have spent my life making sure that it was worthy of that survival.”

These are the words of Dame Stephanie Shirley who managed to escape the horrors of the Nazis, by securing a place on a Kindertransport, and make a new life in the West Midlands.

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On Holocaust Memorial Day, let us remember our duty to child refugees

Holocaust Memorial Day is a time of great reflection for many of us across the country. Today I will think about the Jewish family members and friends I left behind in Prague when I was put on a train to London Liverpool Street at six years old; about the courage of men and women who helped children such as me escape on the Kindertransport just months before the Nazi occupation; and I will think about the millions killed because they couldn’t flee.

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Children saved from Nazis by 'British Schindler' plan memorial to parents

A memorial recognising the agonising moral choice made by parents of the 669 mostly Jewish children sent away is to be constructed in Prague’s main railway station, from where eight evacuation trains departed in the spring and summer of 1939, after Nazi Germany invaded Czechoslovakia.

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‘I just wanted to be British’

There were times when Gerald Wiener tried to forget everything about his homeland. Nobody could have been more anti-German than I was, from the day I arrived,” he said. “I never wanted to speak German, I never wanted to know anything about Germany. I wanted to become British. I wanted to assimilate.”

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Children saved from Nazis by 'British Schindler' plan memorial to parents

Their 11th-hour escape on the eve of the second world war became the stuff of legend, earning international recognition for the man who organised it, Sir Nicholas Winton.

Now people spirited out of German-occupied Czechoslovakia when they were children are to pay homage to previously unsung heroes in the affair – the parents who boarded them on to Winton’s “kindertransport” trains bound for Britain in a desperate attempt to save them from the Nazis.

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Holocaust survivors among those attending Enfield memorial service

The duo are Bernd Koschland, who escaped persecution by coming to Britain as a child on the Kindertransport, and Gerald Granston, who fled Germany on the SS St Louis cruise liner and received a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s honours for his services to Holocaust education.

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An ordinary mother’s letters and poems

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,” by Ilse Weber (translated from German by Michal Schwartz). Bunim & Bannigan. 340 pages. $34.95

It is unlikely that you have ever heard of Ilse Weber. But once you know her story, her name will be seared into your heart.

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Lord Alf Dubs to speak at Camden Holocaust Memorial Day

Lord Dubs was one of 10,000 children rescued by the Kindertransport, an organised British effort to rescue Jews from Nazi Germany and elsewhere in Europe during the 1930s.

He will speak at the British Library Theatre in Euston Road from 9–10am on Friday, January 27

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Man who escaped death by Nazis is speaker at Dorchester Holocaust Memorial

Harry Grenville will be at Dorchester's Corn Exchange on Friday, January 27, for the free event starting at 12.30pm. It is being organised by the South West Dorset Multicultural Network and features several speakers during the hour-long commemoration.

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Tributes pour in to Holocaust survivor and 'great man', Otto Deutsch

Mr Deutsch, who lived at Surbiton Avenue, Southchurch, visited schools and various organisations delivering talks about his life and working tirelessly to commemorate and educate people about the Holocaust across the country.

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UK lord who fled Nazis says Brexit shouldn’t block child refugees

80 years after he escaped Europe on Kindertransport, Lord Alfred Dubs criticizes new criteria for asylum seekers.

Nearly 80 years since he arrived from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, Labor politician Lord Alfred Dubs said he did not believe his adopted country has lost its willingness to help youngsters fleeing persecution.

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Anne Lehmann Fox. Photo courtesy of Julian Fox

Anne Lehmann Fox. Photo courtesy of Julian Fox

Holocaust Author and Lecturer Anne Lehmann Fox Passes Away at 90

At 12 years old, longtime KTA member Anne Fox was sent to England, where her brother had gone a year before, via the Kindertransport. Her experience growing up in Nazi Germany and being separated from her parents, whom she never saw again, served as inspiration for her first of many books, My Heart in a Suitcase.

The memoir was turned into a play which is performed in schools across the USA today. Anne attended local productions of the play, so students could meet her and ask questions.

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Community pays tribute to Kinder survivor Otto Deutsch

Otto Deutsch, a well-known Kindertransport survivor who “never forgot ­Vienna” after forging a new life in London in 1939 when he was 12 years old, has died at the age of 88.

He spent years engaged in Holocaust education, recalling his agonising separation from his family, and how – years later – he went back and found the exact spot where they were shot.

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