Holocaust educator and former Ames resident Ruth David succumbs to COVID-19

Posted on May 7, 2020

Ruth David was 10 when the Kindertransport — which helped 10,000 children escape from Nazi-controlled parts of Europe just before the outbreak of World War II — saved her from what likely would have been death in a concentration camp. She would go on to translate the tragedies of the Holocaust into two books. She fashioned a life of teaching and speaking internationally on what it meant to survive the reign of terror that left millions, including her parents, dead.

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Holocaust survivor, 96, who fled to Scotland reveals bittersweet memory

Posted on May 3, 2020

Nuremberg, where Henry grew up, was the epicentre of Nazi power. Henry fled Nuremberg in May 1939 after his mum managed to secure him a place on the Kindertransport. “When we got on the train to head for the Dutch border with all those young children, it was one huge howl from 150 children. I have never forgotten it. “It’s so important we remember what happened then and celebrate the outstanding occasion of VE Day and think about the sacrifices people made.

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David Toren, Who Fought to Recover Nazi-Looted Art, Dies at 94

Posted on April 30, 2020

Mr. Toren, who died of the coronavirus, was a patent lawyer who recovered a relative’s stolen painting amid a large cache of works discovered in Germany. David’s father managed to squeeze his son, now 14, onto what would prove to be the last Kindertransport evacuation to Sweden before World War II broke out.

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My father brought a set of tzitzit into Dachau

Posted on April 30, 2020

Kindertransport refugee Bernd Koschland recalls learning that his father Jacob managed to sneak a set of tzitzit into Dachau Concentration Camp, which was liberated 75 years ago today.

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Posted on April 29, 2020

L.A. Theatre Works has made the acclaimed plays “Judgement at Nuremberg” and “Kindertransport” available for free via the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust website. Both audio plays will be accessible until June 1, 2020.

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Tributes paid to UK woman who escaped Nazi Germany in 1939

Posted on April 15, 2020

The family of Lore Gordon, who was among the German Jewish children evacuated to Britain on the Kindertransport, have paid tribute to her following her death at the age of 96 after contracting Covid-19. The virus, said her family, had achieved what Hitler and the Blitz failed to do – “to quench an adventurous, positive and generous loving spirit”. Lore first came to Britain with her sister in 1939 at the age of 16 as one of 10,000 German Jewish children sent through the Kindertranspor

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S. Fred Singer, a Leading Climate Change Contrarian, Dies at 95

Posted on April 11, 2020

Siegfried Fred Singer was born on Sept. 27, 1924, in Vienna to Joseph Singer, a jeweler, and his wife, Anna, according to the 2004 book “Shapers of the Great Debate on Conservation: A Biographical Dictionary.” His family fled the Nazis, sending him to England through the kindertransport program. He made his way to the United States in 1940 and was reunited with his family in Ohio.

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Lord Dubs to cite Kindertransport journey in Easter message for Humanists

Posted on April 7, 2020

Peer and refugee rights campaigner Lord Alf Dubs is to tell how he fled the Nazis when he issues the secular Easter message to atheist and humanist prisoners in the UK on Friday. Czech-born Dubs, who came to Britain on the Kindertransport, will tell the prisoners how he escaped the Holocaust when he addresses inmates via National Prison Radio on Good Friday in an initiative organised by Humanists UK.

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The Story of Orphaned Holocaust Survivors: ‘The Windermere Children’

Posted on March 31, 2020

Several books and films have told the story of the 10,000 Jewish children who were spirited out of Europe during World War II on Kindertransport trains to safety in Great Britain. Lesser known is the smaller post-war British mission to rescue Jewish orphans who had survived concentration camps and help them reclaim their lives. The story is the subject of the PBS drama “The Windermere Children.”

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I arrived here on the kindertransport – the similarities between now and 19

Posted on March 28, 2020

At the end of February, the refugee crisis in Europe boiled over. Thousands flocked to the border between Turkey and Greece, which remained closed to them. The Greek authorities, overwhelmed by the numbers, responded with tear gas, including against families with children. Now coronavirus threatens to overwhelm the camps and the border between the two countries where refugees are amassing.This is the latest chapter in our continent’s shameful treatment of those fleeing war.

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Wolf Kahn, Who Painted Vibrant Landscapes, Is Dead at 92

Posted on March 25, 2020

Wolf Kahn, a landscape painter who applied a vibrant, adventurous palette to studies of tangled forests and fog-shrouded mornings, died on March 15 at his home in Manhattan. Hans Wolfgang Kahn was born on Oct. 4, 1927, in Stuttgart, Germany. His father was Jewish, and the rise of Hitler put the family in jeopardy; in 1939 his grandmother arranged for him to be sent to England via Kindertransport. http://www.wolfkahn.com/

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Ex-child refugee says modern leaders are using migrants as pawns

Posted on March 5, 2020

Kind Ruth Barnett, 85, was collecting an MBE for services to Holocaust education and awareness. Holocaust education campaigner Ruth Barnett described her heartbreak at recent “awful” scenes of hostility towards migrants in Greece, and hit out at the UK government for “going back on their word” to take in more child refugees. Ruth, who was made an MBE for services to Holocaust education and awareness, described politics as “absolutely toxic” in relation to the global refugee crisis.

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Kindertransport founder’s daughter on second generation conference lineup

Posted on February 29, 2020

The daughter of the Kindertransport founder Sir Nicholas Winton, Barbara, and Lord Eric Pickles are on the lineup at a Holocaust remembrance conference for second generation families. The conference “Remembering and Rethinking: The international forum on the Second Generation” will run from 21 to 22 April at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium, aimed at second generation families, Holocaust educators and academics. You can buy tickets online.

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Plans in pipeline for £500k Kindertransport statue in Harwich

Posted on February 29, 2020

A POIGNANT statue remembering the children saved from Nazi Germany by the Kindertransport could go on display in Harwich, if a project is successful. The sculpture, which could cost £500,000, would commemorate the child refugees who escaped Adolph Hitler’s reign of terror in parts of Europe ahead of the Second World War.

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This historian draws lessons about family separation

Posted on February 27, 2020

Seven years ago, Jennifer Craig-Norton uncovered a cache of original correspondence about a group of Kindertransport children. A Ph.D. candidate in England at the time, she had no idea that voices of child refugees from the past would end up shining a light on the global child refugee situation of today. But that’s exactly what happened when the stories of World War II’s “kinder children” became the inspiration for “The Kindertransport: Contesting Memory,” published last summer.

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‘Kindertransport’ To Debut At (Cleveland) Ensemble Theatre In March

Posted on February 21, 2020

Kindertransport” will debut at Ensemble Theatre on March 6. The show focuses on a British rescue mission during World War II which saw 10,000 Jewish children placed into foster homes in the U.K. Helga and Werner Schlesinger are parents faced with the difficult choice of keeping their beloved daughter Eva in Germany with them, or letting her become one of the Kindertransport children. The show stars Cleveland’s own Dorothy Silver. Katia Schwarz will direct the play.

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Carousel in Frankfurt to recall the Kindertransport

Posted on February 14, 2020

A children’s carousel of the kind installed in British playgrounds in the 1930s has been selected by the city of Frankfurt to commemorate the unaccompanied children on the Kindertransport from Nazi Germany and other occupied territories before the outbreak of the Second World War. The Orphan Carousel, conceived by the Israeli artist Yael Bartana, features texts that could be quotations from the children who were saved and from their parents, most of whom were killed in Nazi death camps.

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Lipscomb’s College of Entertainment (Nashville) presents, Kindertransport

Posted on February 12, 2020

Bring your tissues. As described aptly in the College of Entertainment and the Arts emails, “Kindertransport depicts the agony of separating a child from her parents and wrestles with the consequences of that choice, an act of sacrifice that also wreaks devastating results.”

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Redditch group creates artwork for Holocaust exhibition in London

Posted on February 8, 2020

ARTWORK created by the 1st Redditch Girls’ Brigade was recently displayed at a special exhibition…’The Kindertransport Memorial Flame’ – created by the group – was displayed at a central London venue next to Westminster Abbey.

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North Hills hosting mobile exhibit on Kindertransport along with a survivor

Posted on February 2, 2020

Margot Lobree, a Holocaust survivor who was rescued as part of Kindertransport, will visit the North Hills Christian School and speak to students. Kindertransport, German for children’s transport, took about 10,000 children from Nazi territory to the United Kingdom before the war started. Many of the children were the only members of their families to survive the Holocaust.

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