Kindertransport refugees mark 85th anniversary of rescue from Nazis

Posted on December 5, 2023

Kinder Transport 85th Anniversary, Liverpool St in London, 3 12 2023

Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis has told Kindertransport refugees that they are a source of “inspiration” at a time of rising anti-Semitism, as they gathered to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the rescue operation.

A ceremony was held to mark the occasion on Sunday afternoon at Liverpool Street station in London, where many of the child refugees arrived in the UK before the start of the Second World War.

The humanitarian rescue effort, which ran between November 1938 and September 1939, gave 10,000 children, most of them Jewish, safe passage to the UK from Nazi-controlled territory in Europe.

The Chief Rabbi said the kinder (children) refugees were a “source of enormous hope and positivity, guidance and inspiration” while “war is raging in Israel”.

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