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Adventures of a Chemist Collector
Bader, Alfred. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1995.

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This is the autobiography of the distinguished chemist, art collector and philanthropist, Alfred Bader. Born in Vienna, Bader fled to England at the age of 14, on a Kindertransport ten months before the outbreak of World War II. Although a Jewish refugee from the Nazis, he was interned in 1940 and sent to a Canadian prisoner-of-war camp. In this book, he tells the story of his success through hard work and studies in the United States.

And the Policeman Smiled
Turner, Barry. London: Bloomsbury, 1991.

A history of the Kindertransport movement.

Anglo-Jewry and the refugee children 1938-1945
Hill, Paula. Ph.D. thesis, University of London, London, 2002.

Between the Lines: Letters from the Holocaust
Fox, Ann. ComteQ Publishing, 2005.

KTA member Anne Fox takes us behind the lines of her family's experience in the Holocaust. She shares with us the sorrows of parents and children separated by war, as revealed in letters that came into her possession years later.

Bitter Prerequisites: A Faculty For Survival From Nazi Terror
Kleine-Ahlbrandt, William Laird . Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2001.

Twelve Purdue University faculty who were holocaust survivors tell their story in this oral history. One of these survivors is KTA member Joseph Haberer, who was on the first Kindertransport to England.

Britain and the Jews of Europe 1939-1945
Wasserstein, Bernard. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Broken Homes: Three Kindertransport Poets
Lawson, Peter. Bergan Journals, 2008, New Milford, CT.

This essay in the journal CRITICAL SURVEY, Vol 20, No. 2, discusses how the Holocaust affected the work of Jewish poets who were relocated to England as part of the Kindertransport.

Chemistry & Art: Further Adventures of a Chemist Collector
Bader, Alfred. Orion Publishing Group, April 2009, London.

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In a fast-paced but incredibly detailed and honest description of his adventures, we learn of Bader’s four jobs: philanthropist,art collector, art dealer, and chemist.

The book is a tale of high stakes in the art world and of deep friendships maintained over decades.It is a tale of great loss, and of great finds; of shabby treatment, and of incredible sharing and generosity; a tale of a great love, and a great family.

Children’s Exodus: A History of the Kindertransport
Fast, Vera. IB Taurus, December 2010, London.

Drawing on unpublished interviews, journals, and articles, Vera K. Fast examines the religious and political tensions that emerged throughout the migration and at times threatened to bring operations to a halt. Children’s Exodus captures the life-affirming stories of child refugees with vivid detail and examines the motivations - religious or otherwise - of the people that orchestrated one of the greatest rescue missions of all time.

Der Jüdische Kindertransport von Deutschland nach England 1938/39
Göpfert, Rebekka. Frankfurt: Campus, 1999.

Der olle Hitler soll sterben!: Erinnerungen an den jüdischen Kindertransport nach England
Salewsky, Anja. Munich: Claassen, 2001.

Die Kindertransport 1938/39. Rettung und Integration
Benz, Wolfgang, Claudia Curio and Andrea Hummel, eds.. Frankfurt: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 2003.

Die Kindertransporte Nach Grossbritannien 1938/39: Exilerfahrungen im Spiegel Lebensgeschichtlicher
Berth, Christine. Munich, Germany: Dolling und Galitz, 2005.

Interviews.

Die leisen Abschiede: Geschichte einer Flucht
Friedler,Ya'acov . R. Padligur (Hagen), 1994.

Friedler became a journalist well known for his work for the Jerusalem Post and the Israeli radio network. As a Jewish school boy in a small Ruhr Valley town, he was transported to Holland and placed with other refugee children into an old orphanage where the treatment reminds the reader of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist". On the day of Holland's capitulation he was able to escape to the UK on an old freighter which was strafed at sea by the Luftwaffe. In this book, we follow Friedler from childhood through his life today.

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.

Hitler's Exiles: Personal Stories of the Flight from Nazi Germany to America
Anderson, Mark M., ed.. New York: New Press, 1998.

Holocaust & the Kindertransport: Vera
Gissing, Vera. Teachers TV, England, 2007.

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A 5 minute video of Vera Gissing, a Kind from Czechoslovakia, remembering her Kindertransport experience and reuniting with an old friend.

I Came Alone
Leverton, Bertha and Shmuel Lowensohn. Sussex, England: Book Guild, 1990.

The founder of the Reunion of Kindertransport in London put together this collection of writings by Kinder.

Interrupted Journeys, Young Refugees from Hitler's Reich
Gill, Alan. Pymble, NSW: Simon & Schuster Australia, 2005.

Stories of Kindertransport and other young refugees who wound up in Australia.

Into the Arms of Strangers
Oppenheimer, Deborah and Mark Jonathan Harris. London: Bloomsbury, 2000.

The companion book to the film.

Into the Arms of Strangers
Harris, Mark Jonathan. 2000.

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Oscar-winning documentary film on the Kindertransports.

Jews in North Devon During the Second World War: The Escape from Nazi Germany and the Establishment of the Pioneer Corps.
Fry, Helen P. . Tiverton, England: Halsgrove, 2005.

This book details the training of some 90 young Jewish refugees - some of whom were Kinder - for immigration to Palestine

Kindertransport Memory Quilt
Grosz, Hanus, Kirsten Grosz and Anita Grosz. the Kindertransport Association, Indianapolis, 2000.

Contact: selma.silverman@holocaustcenter.org

Beautiful photographs of the Kindertransport Memory Quilt panels combined with the moving stories behind each square.

Can be purchased through the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI http://www.holocaustcenter.org

Kindertransport Testimony: Wolf Blomfield
Blomfield, Wolf. Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, London, Great Britain, 2011.

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I came to Britain when I had just turned ten. I was a Kindertransport boy and came over on a train full of German Jewish children, on 15 March 1939. All we were allowed to bring was a small suitcase that we could carry, so for a ten-year-old it wasn’t very much. My father put me on the train in Berlin and had tried to explain what was happening. I think I was too bewildered to completely grasp it.

Kindertransport: Britain's rescue plan
Kaczmarska, Ela. National Archives, February 26, 2010, Washington DC.

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The Wiener Library holds many personal accounts of children evacuated from Nazi Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia between December 1938 and September 1939. Using individual first-hand accounts sourced from The Wiener Library and documents held at The National Archives, this talk gives insights into how Britain dealt with the refugee children who arrived on the Kindertransports and the difficulties they faced.

Kindertransport: Memory, Identity and the British-Jewish Diaspora
Neumeier, Beate . Rodopi, 2003, 2003, Amsterdam/New York, NY.

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This chapter in the book "Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Common Traditions and New Developments" provides a comparative and insightful analysis of Lore Segal's personal account "Other People's Houses;" Diane Samuel's stage play "Kindertransport," and the documentary film "Into the Arms of Strangers."

Kindertransport: Terror, Trauma and Triumph
Sharples, Carolyn. History Today Magazine, 2004.

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Caroline Sharples discusses the bitter-sweet experiences of the Jewish children permitted to travel to England to escape the Nazi regime, leaving their families behind them.

Kindertransport: Tylers Green Hostel for young Jewish Refugees
Koschland, Bernard . Jewish Historical Society of England, 2007.

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This article in the journal Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions, Volume 41, describes two wartime hostels for young refugees who arrived in Britain under the auspices of the Refugee Children's Movement. Clearly written, it provides details of the daily life and problems (budgets,etc) of the kind of hostels to which Kinder were sent.

Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer
Robbins, Trina. Lerner Publishing Group, 2011, USA.

In 1938, Lily Renée Wilheim is a 14-year-old Jewish girl living in Vienna. Then the Nazis march into Austria, and Lily's life is shattered overnight. Suddenly, her own country is no longer safe for her or her family. To survive, Lily leaves her parents behind and travels alone to England.

In this graphic novel for readers 10-14, follow the story of a brave girl who becomes an artist of heroes and a true pioneer in comic books.

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.

Making An Entrance, the Biography of Gerard Gould
Martin, Margaret. D R Green, United Kingdom, 2010.

Gerard Gould is a teacher and director of amateur drama with a uniquely charismatic personality, and those gifts are rare enough to merit attention; but the life of the man behind the work is truly fascinating.

He was born Günter Goldstein in Germany in 1922, the youngest child of a prosperous Jewish family. He was a witness (and a perceptive, profoundly intelligent witness) to the gathering horror that was Nazi Germany. He came to England on a Kindertransport.

Men of Vision, Anglo-Jewry's Aid to Victims of the Nazi Regime
Gottlieb, Amy. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1998.

Mit dem Kindertransport in die Freiheit. Vom Jüdischen Flü zum Corporal O'Brian
Behrendt, Gideon and Claudia Curio. Frankfurt: Fischer, 2001.

Never Look Back: The Jewish Refugee Children in Great Britain, 1938-1945
Tydor Baumel-Schwartz, Judith. Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana, 06/15/2012.

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This book charts the history of the Kindertransport movement, focusing on the dynamics that developed between the British government, the child refugee organizations, the Jewish community in Great Britain, the general British population, and the refugee children.

Based on archival sources and follow-up interviews with refugee children both forty and seventy years after their flight to Britain, this book gives a unique perspective into the political, bureaucratic, and human aspects of the Kindertransport scheme prior to and during World War II.

Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Generation
Emmanuel, Muriel and Vera Gissing. Edgware, England: Vallentine Mitchell Publishers, 1982.

Nuremberg and Beyond: The Memoirs of Sigfried Ramler from 20th Century Europe to Hawaii
Ramler, Sigfried . Ahuna Press, Hawaii, 2009.

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The book begins with Sig's childhood in Vienna and follows him at age 14 on the Kindertransport to London, where he experienced the Blitz as well as V-1 and V-2 rocket attacks.

After the war, his facility with languages brought him to one of the defining moments of his life: the Nuremberg trials. Working in the new field of simultaneous translation, Sig came face to face with the war’s criminals: Göring, Hess, Höss, and Hitler’s architect, Speer. A meeting with a pretty Hawaiian-Chinese court reporter, Piilani Ahuna, led to marriage and a journey to Hawaii.

Quaker honored among heroes of the Holocaust
van Staveren, Anne. REligious Society of Friends, London, 2008.

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Britons who saved the lives of Jews and other persecuted groups during the Holocaust are being honoured for their actions. They include Quaker Bertha Bracey who lobbied the British government about the plight of Jews in Germany. She played a key role in setting up the Kindertransport which brought 10,000 mainly Jewish children to England from mainland Europe.

This is the first time such recognition has been bestowed by the State as a tribute to those civilians who undertook extraordinary acts of courage and self sacrifice, in order to help others.

Quaker Kindertransport histories
Religious Society of Friends, UK. Quakers in Britain, London, 2008.

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Read histories of Kindertransportees helped by Quakers here.

Quakers were involved at all stages in the Kindertransport. In London they joined with Jewish delegates in persuading the government to relax immigration requirements, making it easier to evacuate people from Nazi Europe. Quakers accompanied children on the long journey to safety and many families and Quaker schools provided homes.

Reconstructing the Past: Refugee Writings on the Kindertransport
Sharples, Carolyn. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, 2006.

This article analyses the memoirs of the former refugees themselves and sets out the case for re-examining popular representations of the scheme, addressing the diversity of experience for the children once in England, the hardships and emotional upheaval encountered during this stage of their young lives and looking at some of the limitations of the Kindertransport itself. Volume 12, Number 3, pp. 40-62

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

Chapter 4 deals specifically with the Kindertransports.

Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport
Hodge, Deborah. Tundra Books, Toronto, Canada, October 2012.

This book, for children aged 10 and older, includes a compilation of accounts of Kindertransport children and is illustrated with archival photographs, paintings by artist Hans Jackson, and quilt squares created by the Kinder commemorating their rescue.

Rosa's Child, The True Story of One Woman's Quest for a Lost Mother and a Vanished Past
Bechhofer, Susie and Jeremy Josephs. London: I.B. Tauris, 1996.

Shefford: The Story of a Jewish School Community in Evacuation 1939-1945
Grunfeld, Judith. London: Soncino Press, 1980.

Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies.
Benz, Wolfgang, Claudia Curio and Andrea Hummel, eds. "Kindertransporte 1938/39 - Rescue and Integration." Special Issue 23, no. 1, Fall 2004.

Website | Project MUSE

This entire issue is dedicated to "Kindertransporte 1938/39 - Rescue and Integration". The table of contents is available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/shofar/toc/sho23.1.html. Online access to the articles requires a login account to Project MUSE.

Six from Leipzig: Kindertransport and the Cambridge Refugee Children's Committee
Dubrovsky, Gertrude. Vallentine Mitchell & Co Ltd, 2003.

Six cousins from Leipzig, aged 7 months to 14 years, were among the 2,000 Kindertransport children who arrived in Cambridge. The story of these children brings to life the issues faced by all who travelled on the Kindertransports. Six from Leipzig puts the subject into historical perspective and will be invaluable to those who want to know how rescue was organised, by whom, and under what circumstances.It also emphasises the role played by women in the rescue of these children, and in running refugee children's committees; a fact that has not received the attention that it deserves.

Solomon Schonfeld: His Page in History
Kranzler, David and Gertrude Hirschler, eds.. New York: Judaica Press, 1982.

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.

Ten Thousand Children: True Stories Told by Children Who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport
Fox, Anne L. and Eva Abraham-Podietz. Springfield, New Jersey: Behrman House, 1998.

The 10,000 Children That Hitler Missed: Stories From The Kindertransport
Greschler, Lori . BookSurge Publishing, Amazon.com self publishing, 2009.

The Arrival of Jewish Refugee Children in England 1938-39
Ford, Mary R. Immigrants & Minorities Journal, Routledge, Volume 2, Number 2, 1983.

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The Battle of Britishness: Migrant Journeys, 1685 to the Present
Kushner, Tony. Manchester University Press, Manchester & New York, 2012.

The Kindertransport Experience; A Socio-Psychological Study of Attachment, Trauma And Acculturation
Guske, Iris, Dr. Centre for German Jewish Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 2007.

Unpublished doctoral thesis featuring several members of the KTA.

The King's Most Loyal Enemy Aliens: Germans Who Fought for Britain in the Second World War
Fry, Helen. Sutton Publishing, Great Britain, 2007.

This book tells the compelling story of the 10,000 German and Austrian nationals who, fleeing Nazi persecution, arrived in Britain between 1933 and 1939, and at the outbreak of war on 3 September 1939 became 'enemy aliens'. Many volunteered to serve in the British forces, swore allegiance to George VI and became known as 'the King's most loyal enemy aliens'. Interviews with several KTA members are featured,as well as an impressive selection of archive photographs, many of which are reproduced for the first time.

The Rescue of the Prague Refugees: 1938/39
Chadwick, W.R.. Matador, Leicester, 2010.

The Uprooted: A Hitler Legacy: Voices of Those Who Escaped Before the "Final Solution."
Whiteman, Dorit Bader. New York: Insight Books, 1993.

Dorit Bader Whiteman has woven together the stories of 190 escapees, including several who left via the Kindertransports.

They Found Refuge
Bentwich, Norman. London: Cresset Press, 1956.

Norman Bentwich writes of his involvement with the Kindertransport movement.

Trauma and Attachment in the Kindertransport Context: German-Jewish Child Refugees' Accounts of Displacement and Acculturation in Great Britain
Guske, Iris. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2009.

The present volume is the result of an interdisciplinary oral history research project, which was carried out at the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex.

While each Holocaust survivor's developmental story is unique, it is, however, linked to the others' by the common experience of negotiating an identity between two countries, cultures, and religions against the background of unparalleled political upheavals, and as such also sheds light on, and offers ways out of, the traumata suffered in present-day contexts of enforced migration and displacement.

Unfulfilled Promise - Rescue and Resettlement of Jewish Refugee Children in the United States 1934 - 1935
Baumel, Judith Tydor. Juneau, AK: Denali Press, 1990.

A scholarly book by the author of two theses on the Kindertransport movement.

Verfolgung, Flucht, Rettung (Persecution, Flight, Rescue): Die Kindertransportet 1938/39 nach Grossbritannien
Curio, Claudia. the Zentrum fuer Antisemitismusforschung of the Technische Universitaet Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2006.

In this book, her doctoral dissertation, Claudia Curio delves into the question of why for so long pre-WWII emigration studies tended to overlook the Kindertransport experience in contrast to the attention given to the Youth Alijah.

Through use of well documented case studies and extensive analysis Curio provides raises many issues of intimate concern to Kinder, and which, as she skillfully shows, had lasting influence on their lives.

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This is the story of Alan Ernest Peters, born Ernst Pfeffer, December 17, 1923, in Vienna, Austria. According to Alan, he lived a somewhat normal life, remarking that “I had few concerns beyond typical teenage problems.” In May 1939, Alan's life completely changed. He left Vienna and traveled to England on a Kindertransport.

The video-taped segments come from two sources: a KQED-TV, San Francisco presentation, Bay Window: My Knees Were Jumping, aired October 23, 1998, and a 1990 Holocaust Oral History Project-San Francisco interview.

We Came as Children: A Collective Autobiography
Gershon, Karen. New York: Harcourt Brace and World, 1966.

What Happened to the Children Who Fled Nazi Persecution?
Sonnert, Gerhard and Holton, Gerald. New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

This book aims to create a collective biography of Jewish young people who were born in Germany or Austria between 1918 and 1935 and fled to the United States. It endeavors to present a statistical picture as well as to capture personal experiences based on a five-year, in-depth study.

One of the book's aims is to provide readers with information to
influence the view of immigrant newcomers in the United States today.

Whitehall and the Jews, 1933-1948: British Immigration Policy, Jewish Refugees and the Holocaust
London, Louise. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge & New York, 2000.

 

 
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