Archive: 2018

Alfred Bader, 1924-2018

Posted on December 26, 2018

He had quite a story. Bader was born in Vienna in 1924, and at 14 was sent to England (along with many others his age) to escape persecution. (His adoptive mother died in the Nazi camps, so this concern was extremely well-founded). In 1940 he was sent on to Canada, and he studied there at Queen’s – McGill’s quota for Jewish admissions kept him out of that university. He went on to Harvard for graduate work with Fieser, and afterwards found himself working in the chemical industry in Milwaukee.

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Alfred Bader: Chemical company magnate, Milwaukee philanthropist dies at 94

Posted on December 24, 2018

Alfred Bader, a chemist, philanthropist and art collector who escaped the Holocaust in Europe and built a chemical company in Milwaukee, died Sunday. Bader was 94 and died peacefully, the family said. His wife, Isabel, was at his side.

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Germany To Compensate Survivors Of World War II’s Kindertransport

Posted on December 17, 2018

After 80 years, survivors of the “Kindertransport” evacuation of Jewish children from Nazi Germany and elsewhere in Europe before World War II will receive compensation from the German government. The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, also known as the Claims Conference, said the German government agreed to pay each person still alive a one-time compensation of 2,500 euros ($2,800).

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Emotional Kindertransport Exhibition By C&G Partners

Posted on December 15, 2018

Kindertransport: Rescuing Children on the Brink of War runs through May 24, 2019 at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

Multi-specialty design studio C&G Partners has created a highly emotional and thought-provoking exhibition commemorating the 80th anniversary of the start of Kindertransport, the humanitarian mission that sought to rescue 10,000 refugee children from Nazi-occupied Europe in the years leading up to the Holocaust. Kindertransport: Rescuing Children on the Brink of War runs through May 24, 2019 at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

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The Woman Behind the Kindertransport

Posted on December 12, 2018

Female volunteers such as Marie Schmolka played a decisive role in the collaborative project to rescue beleaguered Jewish children.

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Kindertransport: Pupils re-enact emotional journey to mark 80th anniversary

Posted on December 10, 2018

Children re-enact the Kindertransport journey 80 years on. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Schoolchildren across the region have been retracing the emotional journey of thousands of young refugees to mark the anniversary of the Kindertransport. Eighty years ago, the first Jewish children to flee the Nazis started arriving by ferry at Harwich in Essex. To mark the anniversary, students have re-enacted the journey at the stations of Harwich, Colchester, Ipswich and Manningtree.

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The Long Goodbye: Kindertransport Revisited 80 Years After

Posted on December 5, 2018

Relics of this haunted but rarely examined chapter of the Holocaust are now on display in a small but stinging exhibit, “Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War,” a collaboration of the Yeshiva University Museum and the Leo Baeck Institute, that opened this week in Manhattan at the Leo Baeck Institute at the Center for Jewish History, through May 24, 2019.

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Kindertransport–Rescuing Children on the Brink of War

Posted on December 3, 2018

Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War will be on view until May 24, 2019.

Nov. 26 several hundred people braved the rain to attend the opening reception of Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War. YU Museum, with the Leo Baeck Institute, has collected dozens of artifacts, ranging from teddy bears and letters to suitcases, games and a dress tailored for a young girl’s violin recital, with videos and audio to commemorate the rescue program undertaken only months after Kristallnacht in 1938 that brought 10,000 children to safety in the United Kingdom.

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Mark Hetfield of HIAS Speaks to the KTA

Posted on December 2, 2018

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield addresses the Kindertransport Association at the Center for Jewish History in New York, December 2, 2018. Hetfield discussed the importance of remembering history and reminding the United States of its responsibility toward refugees. “We need your help in debunking this myth that nationalism is good and that a country should only look after its own…I need you to continue to speak out…we need you, we need your memory, we need your voice.”

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Ocasio-Cortez and Graham’s immigration debate missed this key lesson -CNN

Posted on November 30, 2018

This week is a particularly apt time to reflect on the legacy of US immigration policy in the 1930s. Eighty years ago this week, on December 2, 1938, the first group of Jewish refugee children arrived in Great Britain as part of a larger humanitarian effort to save Jewish children from the growing violence of the Nazi regime.

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Clement Attlee took in Jewish child refugee who fled Nazis

Posted on November 20, 2018

Clement Attlee, the Labour prime minister whose government founded the welfare state, looked after a child refugee who escaped from the Nazis in the months leading up to the second world war, it can be revealed. The then leader of the opposition sponsored a Jewish mother and her two children, giving them the confidence and authorisation to leave Germany in 1939 and move to the UK.

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The Cost Of Courage: The 2 Couples Who Rescued My Family From The Nazis

Posted on November 15, 2018

In recent months, I’ve learned that my life is bound together with two families who took enormous risks to save my father and my grandparents from the Nazis. What I have discovered about the rescuers is both wondrous and bleak. One family, the Furstenbergs, has thrived; another, the Mynareks, is gone, seemingly without a trace. My father, who had been rescued via the Kindertransport, was taken in by the Furstenberg family in Kalmar, Sweden.

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Kindertransport survivors call for government to take in child refugees

Posted on November 15, 2018

A group of 60 Kindertransport survivors have urged the government to provide more routes to sanctuary for child refugees. ‘As former child refugees ourselves, we believe the UK government should give more children at risk the same life-saving opportunity that we had’

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A Toy Monkey That Escaped Nazi Germany And Reunited A Family

Posted on November 14, 2018

Gert Berliner, 94, tied the little stuffed monkey to his bicycle when he was a child in Berlin. Claire Harbage/NPR

The monkey’s fur is worn away. It’s nearly a century old. A well-loved toy, it is barely 4 inches tall. It was packed away for long voyages, on an escape from Nazi Germany, to Sweden and America. And now, it’s the key to a discovery that transformed my family.

“I liked him,” recalls my dad, who is now 94. “He was like a good luck piece.”

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Reflections on the Occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Kristallnacht

Posted on November 13, 2018

S Franklin Spira, with his mother, in an undated photo

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Novemberpogrome, or Kristallnacht. I was a 14 year-old boy then and my parents and I never thought of emigrating until the Kristallnacht, even though Jews were gradually being deprived of their rights before then. At that point, it became clear that my parents and I could no longer remain in our homeland.

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Remembering The Kindertransport 80 Years On at the Jewish Museum

Posted on November 13, 2018

Elsa Shamash and her brother before they came to the UK on the Kindertransport picture © Jewish Museum London

“The first train arrived on December 2 so the organisations and volunteers involved reacted very quickly, it was a fast response and an amazing effort to galvanise the British Home Office,” says Kathryn Pieren, curator of Remembering The Kindertransport, a new exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Camden Town

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Council backs Safe Passage campaign for child refugees on 80th anniversary

Posted on November 13, 2018

Organisers in Dorset of the campaign to allow three child refugees a year to settle in this county and all other local authorities have welcomed backing from county councillors. Dorset county councillors voted unanimously to give their support to the local safe Passage campaign which aims to replicate the so-called ‘KinderTransport’ initiative 80 years ago this year when Britain took in 10,000 child refugees fleeing Nazi persecution in Europe.

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The Kindertransport children 80 years on: ‘My father had nightmares”

Posted on November 10, 2018

Even 80 years on from her flight from the Nazis, Elsa Shamash, 91, retains a strong German accent. She is a little deaf and her daughter helps her understand my questions. Her father was a pioneering radiologist and the family, which lived in Berlin, was wealthy. She and her brother Heinz were at private school before Adolf Hitler came to power, but then had to transfer to a Jewish school. Video

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The Kindertransport children 80 years on: ‘When I was 14″

Posted on November 8, 2018

Ruth Barnett, 83, was born in 1935, in a Germany that was already descending into Nazi tyranny. Her Jewish father was a judge who had been deprived of his post and frogmarched out of his court by the SS in 1933; her non-Jewish mother ran a cinema-advertising business in Berlin. “We had a brilliant future in front of us until the Nazis came to power,” she says.

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The Kindertransport children 80 years on: ‘I’m grateful my parents sent me”

Posted on November 7, 2018

His place on the Kindertransport was obtained with the help of Jewish organisation B’nai B’rith, and, aged eight, he left Fürth in March 1939, to Hamburg and then by ship to Southampton – a picture of the ship, the SS Manhattan which brought 80 refugee children to the UK, adorns the wall of his living room. The only English he knew was one sentence his parents had taught him: “I’m hungry; may I have a piece of bread?”

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