Lore Jacobs, whose 89th birthday is Wednesday, and her daughter Gale Halpern spoke to students Monday about Jacobs’ own story. She was born in Frankfurt, like Anne Frank, and both girls grew up Jewish in mixed neighborhoods. Both were also victims of discrimination, but Jacobs was able to escape Germany through a program called the Kindertransport.
Kurt and Margaret Goldberger had much in common when they met at a social club in New York City in 1947, two years after World War II. Both owed their lives to a unique program that transported Jewish children, without their parents, out of Nazi-controlled regions of Europe to safety in England. The Goldbergers will tell their stories at 7 p.m. Thursday April 11 at the Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration at Congregation B’nai Emunah, 17th Street and Peoria Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus lived a comfortable life in 1930s Philadelphia, where he made a good living as a lawyer, and she kept a stylish house. They were secular Jews who sent their children to a Quaker school, and unlikely candidates for the mission they assigned themselves. Gilbert revealed the plan to his wife as he was shaving in the bathroom, so their young son and daughter would not hear. He wanted to go to Vienna and save 50 Jewish children from the Nazis.
When it comes to memories as an 8-year-old in 1938, Kurt Herman can recall: how his school friends in Vienna shunned him days after Hitler annexed Austria; how his father hid at the top of a closet when Nazis searched their apartment; and he and 49 other children were rescued in the largest single kindertransport to the United States. But even Herman, now 83, was surprised to learn some of the details that emerge from a new documentary, 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus.
Inge (Blank) Langham died in Napa on March 30, 2013, surrounded by family. She was born in 1925 in Dortmund, Germany. After Kristallnacht, Inge arrived with her sister, Doris, in England via the Kindertransport in 1938. She survived the Blitz in England and arrived in the United States in 1940, where she completed her education.
HBO Documentary Tells Story of Kindertransport That Saved 50 Children Film Reveals Philadelphia Family’s Role in Daring Rescue 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus,” will be aired April 8, 2013 at 9 p.m., on HBO.
Kind Geoffrey Hartman has written an article for Tablet. What the Dead Have To Say to Us Yale’s pioneering archive of Shoah testimonies reshaped the way tragedies are remembered. But are we listening? In the spring of 1979, Dori Laub, a Yale psychiatrist and child survivor of the Holocaust, and Laurel Vlock, a dynamic New Haven radio and TV interviewer, met with four survivors who had volunteered to answer questions about their experiences… the session lasted past midnight.
The heart breaking journey more than 10,000 Jewish children made to flee Nazi persecution might sound an unlikely subject for a children’s choir. But that was the suggestion award-winning conductor and composer Carl Davis made when he was commissioned to write a choral piece for the Halle Orchestra’s children’s choir.
Composer Carl Davis has written a piece of music to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day and the journey made by Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Europe, known as Kindertransport. See video on the BBC website
The photograph appeared “out of the blue” and showed a battered black suitcase, a name, and a number. It finally proved what the Dorset pensioner had long suspected – that his parents and grandmother perished in the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz nearly seven decades ago. Mr Grenville and his sister were among 10,000 Jewish children evacuated from Germany to Britain before the war as part of the Kindertransport refugee mission.
More than 70 years ago, English stockbroker Nicholas Winton did something that would forever change the lives of 669 children. Recently the now 103-year-old Winton’s life has been made into a documentary “Nicky’s Family,” which tells his story and those of the children of the Kindertransport through firsthand accounts and dramatic reenactment. To celebrate the American release of the film his son Nick Winton visited Wellington Community High School to put a face to the triumphant story.
She was escaping Nazi Germany through the rescue mission Kindertransport, which carried about 10,000 youths to Britain for shelter during the Holocaust…. As they grew older, they sought out one another, drawn by a wrenching, shared experience. They founded the Kindertransport Association, and kinder from around the world have gathered every other year for the last two decades.