Kindertransport couple receive lifetime achievement award

Posted on January 15, 2024


A couple who both came to the UK on the Kindertransport have won a prestigious award for their contribution to the Jewish community.

Ann and Bob Kirk, who have been volunteering at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St John’s Wood for over 70 years, were recognised for their “service, dedication, love and loyalty” on receiving the Jewish Voluntary Network’s Outstanding Lifetime Achievement award on Sunday.

Ann, 95, who escaped Berlin in 1939, aged 10, began attending the Liberal Jewish Synagogue with her sponsor family, who were members. After finishing at cheder, she continued as a classroom assistant.

Bob, 98, came on the Kindertransport from Hanover, two weeks later, aged 14.

The couple met in 1949, getting married at LJS, with Bob then volunteering at the synagogue’s religious school.