Kindertransport: Birmingham plaque honours Holocaust hero

Posted on September 23, 2023

A plaque has been unveiled in honour of a woman who helped save hundreds of children from the Holocaust.

Bertha Bracey aided relief operations in Germany and the Netherlands before and after World War Two.

A founder of the Kindertransport, she helped rescue thousands of Nazi victims and lone children between 1933-1948.

The plaque was unveiled by the Birmingham Civic Society and Bournville Village Trust at Bournville Quaker Meeting House.

Her great-nephew, Steve Bamford, said the plaque was a “great honour”.

“We knew that Aunty Bertha had an OBE, but we were never quite sure what it was for and she didn’t really talk about it,” he said. “She wasn’t one for blowing her own trumpet.

“It really wasn’t until after she died we realised quite how important her role was.”

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