On World Kindertransport Day, Burbank resident recalls escaping Holocaust

Posted on November 28, 2013

Susanne Goldsmith. Goldsmith, 82, was whisked out of Nazi-occupied Vienna with her brother Peter on Dec. 10, 1938 on a Kindertransport. (Photo by John McCoy)

Young Susanne and Peter Weiss had been whisked to England two years earlier when a strange couple appeared on their doorstep. The two Jewish children hadn’t seen their parents, Hans and Margaret, since fleeing Vienna aboard a Kindertransport. “They looked like such refugees,” recalled Susanne Goldsmith, now 82, of Burbank, of that day more than 70 years ago. “They were poorly dressed. They were haggard. Neither of us wanted to join them. “But we did — my parents didn’t give up.”

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