Kindertransport Resources  

These resources have been compiled by the Kindertransport Association as an effort to make it easier for students and interested parties to locate all the best materials in print, film, and online. Use the search feature or browse by category using the links to the left. More history and stories about the Kindertransport can be found in our History and Voices sections.

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Online Resources

Anne Frank Guide: The Kindertransport

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This student-oriented web page offers an overview of the Kindertransport as well as a profile of Nicholas Winton and a link to an article about Kind Alfred Batzdorff.

Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR): Kindertransport

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The official web home of the British Kinder.

BBC History OnLine

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By typing "Kindertransport" in the search field, you will access all programs relating to the Kindertransport aired on BBC television, radio and websites.

British Library Jewish survivors of the Holocaust

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These recordings are powerful personal accounts of the Holocaust from Jewish survivors living in Britain. The interviews were selected from a much larger oral history project, the Living Memory of the Jewish Community, which recorded testimony between 1988-2000. The project was developed with the specialist advice of leading Jewish historians and complements a number of collections held by the Sound Archive on Jewish life in Britain.

Dokin:German and Austrian War Children In The Netherlands
Keesing, Miriam. Duitse Oorlogskinderen In Nederland, Amsterdam, January 2014.

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Dokin is a Dutch acronym for Duitse Oorlogskinderen In Nederland (German War Children in the Netherlands).

Here you will find information about the refugee children from the Third Reich who came to the Netherlands after Kristallnacht.

Almost 2000 children came to the Netherlands between November 1938 and September 1939.

Exploring 20th Century London: Kindertransports

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A British overview of the Kindertransport, with links to documents pertaining to Kind Grete Glauber, who later took on the surname of her adoptive mother, Quaker schoolteacher Olive Rudkin.

Hebrew University Jerusalem Holocaust Oral Histories

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The 1,400 Holocaust audio interviews and transcripts reflect the vast scope of oral histories collected by researchers which have been archived at the Oral History Division of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They include interviews conducted in the early 1960s. The collection developed over the past 60 years as more research was undertaken by established and emerging scholars and questions relating to the experience of Jews under Nazism broadened. This resource should provide an invaluable tool for researchers in Holocaust studies.

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.

Holocaust Memorial Center

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Located in Michigan, the Holocaust Memorial Center's collection includes the three Kindertransport Memory Quilts, made with memorial squares contributed by members of the Kindertransport Association.

Imperial War Museum

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This museum in London has a collection of documents relating to the Kindertransport.

Judaic Academic and Library Links

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A list of links compiled by the University of Pennsylvania Library.

Kindertransport
London, 2008.

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A collection of personal reminiscences and tributes from people who were rescued on the Kindertransport, collected by the Quakers in Great Britain in 2008.

KIndertransport Association Oral History Project Interviews
Hacker,Grosz, Kollisch

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A selection of the interviews conducted by the KTA Oral History Project. Interviewers were all KT2. Interviews done at reunions in the early 1990's. Placed online by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Interviews and transcripts are also at the Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, Michigan & the Wienner Library, London.

KIndertransport Museum in Vienna
Milli Segal, December 2014, Vienna.

Website | Contact: info@millisegal.at

“Für das Kind” is dedicated to all who helped ten thousand – mostly Jewish - children in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland to escape and to survive the Nazi machinery of death between 1938 and 1939.

The first Kindertransport from Vienna left on 10 December 1938 going from Westbahnhof to London, the last one on 22 August 1939.

Visits by appointment

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.

Leo Baeck Institute

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The Leo Baeck Institute for the study of the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry.
This research, exhibition, and lecture institute has significant archival materials on the Kindertransport.

Letters From Children on the First Kindertransport
Green, Jessica. European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Blog, July 2016, London, England.

Website | European Holocaust Research Infrastructu

A mapped series of transcribed letters written by children while in transit on the first Kindertransport on 1 December 1938. The letters are addressed to their families back in Germany while the children are leaving them behind for the safety of England. They were subsequently transcribed by an anonymous source and sent to the JCIO by somebody who identified himself as Herr Flörsheim (or Mr Flörsheim) from Amsterdam. Beyond those few details, nothing is known about the specific provenance of this item or the individual children who wrote the letters themselves.

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.

Teaching "The Children of Willesden Lane"

Website | Facing History and Ourselves

Online resource for secondary school teachers. Includes classroom videos; a documentary profile of the author, pianist Mona Golabek; and a special performance where Mona retells her mother's story, weaving in the piano music from the book. The website complements the book's curriculum guide, created by Facing History and Ourselves

The Global Directory of Holocaust Museums

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A directory with links to museums throughout the world.

The Kindertransports

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This personal page, part of an online history of Jews in Hamburg, focuses on the story of Kind Paul M. Cohn.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Use this website's search function to explore the museum's many Kindertransport-related resources.

Kindertransport Voices

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.

Wiener Library

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Located in London is the world's oldest Holocaust memorial institution. They have a large collection of Kindertransport materials.
 

 
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