Past Events

Online Special Event for Kindertransport Generations in the USA and the UK

July 14, 2022

KTA members of all Kindertransport Survivor generations: Kinder and KT2s, KT3s and KT4s, are invited to join the KTA and the Association for Jewish Refugees (AJR) Kindertransport generations in the UK for a co-hosted special event.

Let’s get to know each other and build international community!

We will break up into small groups and talk together, get to know each other, talk about our shared backgrounds and exchange news and views.

This event is open to members of the KTA and members of the AJR


The Kindertransport in Museums – A KTA Online Books and More Talk

June 29, 2022

The KTA is delighted to present a talk on the Kindertransport in museums with Dr. Amy Williams. Amy’s January 16, 2022 KTA talk on Holocaust and Kindertransport Memorials was so well received that we are bringing Amy back for part two, together with a graduate student.

Historian and writer Amy Williams is a recently minted Phd who is currently writing her first two books on the Kindertransport with Mitteldeutscher Verlag and Yale University Press (2023).. Discussion and questions will follow the presentation.

KTA Books and More virtual talks are open to KTA members only. After the event, a recording will be available on the KTA website

Stories Survive: Erika Estis

June 9, 2022

Kindertransport Survivor and longtime KTA member Erika Estis speaks, virtually, online, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City.

Erika Estisat the was born to Jewish parents Paul Freundlich, a pharmacist, and Irma Beith Freundlich on November 14, 1922 in Hamburg, Germany. In 1935, with the passage of the Nuremberg Laws, Erika’s father was forced to give up his apothecary. Since they were living above the business, the family also had to move. In 1938, Erika attended the Talmud Torah Oberrealschule. After Kristallnacht, a teacher at the school suggested that her parents send her on the Kindertransport to England, where she lived for six years, during which time she survived the Blitz. In 1946, Erika immigrated to the United States.

Join the Museum for a program exploring Estis’ life and experiences during and after the Holocaust.

To register for this free event, click here

Virtual Screening of “Becoming Dr. Ruth”

June 6, 2022 - June 12, 2022

In celebration of beloved psychologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s 94th birthday this June, the Museum presents a special virtual broadcast of the one-woman Off-Broadway show Becoming Dr. Ruth.

Becoming Dr. Ruth chronicles the life of noted psychologist, Kindertransport Survivor and KTA member Dr. Ruth Westheimer, from her early years fleeing Nazi Germany via Kindertransport to Switzerland, to her service in the Israeli armed forces as a sharpshooter, and her later life and career in New York. Becoming Dr. Ruth is a humorous and heartfelt portrait detailing Dr. Ruth’s remarkable journey against so many odds to become a pioneer in the psychology of human sexuality and the world’s most famous sex therapist.

Starring six-time Tony- and Emmy-nominated actor Tovah Feldshuh and directed by Bay Street Theater’s Artistic Director Scott Schwartz, , the virtual presentation follows the Museum’s wildly successful Off-Broadway presentation of Becoming Dr. Ruth in late 2021.

Streaming for Becoming Dr. Ruth will be available on Monday, June 6th at sundown ET – Sunday, June 12 at 11:59 PM ET. The viewing link will be emailed to you upon purchase; once you begin, you’ll have 72 hours to finish watching.

Pricing: Public $24 | Museum members $18. Members can enter the Discount Code upon checkout.

To purchase tickets, click here

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer Birthday Celebration!

June 5, 2022

Meet Dr. Ruth Westheimer and join her 94th birthday celebration! Born as Karola Ruth Siegel on June 4, 1928, in Frankfurt, Germany, she grew up as the only child in a privileged Orthodox Jewish family. However, her carefree childhood was shattered in 1938 when the SS arrested her father. She was soon sent on a Kindertransport to Switzerland, never to see her parents again. After the war she emigrated to pre-state Israel, became known as Ruth Siegel (dropping the German-sounding Karola) and became a sniper and scout for the Haganah.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer has received many awards for her work, including an honorary doctorate degree from Trinity College and the Medal for Distinguished Service from Columbia University. Still active as ever, she has a strong social media following and continues to write books, teach, and give great advice. The Library of Congress has chosen to house her collected papers, joining the distinguished collections of other celebrated figures in her field — from Margaret Sanger to Sigmund Freud.

Sign up to meet her and then, as a free bonus, see a film about her amazing and inspirational life!

Dr. Jud Newborn, who served as the Founding Historian and co-creator of New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage will interview Dr. Ruth.

To get tickets for this online event, a benefit for the Sousa Mendes Foundation, click here

KTA Online Social Chat for All Generations

May 22, 2022

All Generations, Kinder, KT2, KT3, Virtual Gathering

The KTA invites all KTA member Kinder and the next generations: children of Kinder (KT2s), grandchildren of Kinder (KT3s) and family to join in our KTA All-Generations Gathering on Zoom. This will be an opportunity to talk about matters on your mind, share what you have been doing, or even talk about contemporary issues.  This is also a chance to meet new and longstanding KTA members.

The suggested theme for this event is: From where do Kinder draw their strength?

The event is open to KTA members only.

The Kehillah of Old York Road Commemorates Yom HaShoah: In Her Own Words

April 27, 2022

KTA Member, KT2 David Bader, and his mother, Kindertransport Survivor Sophie Rosenbaum speak in commemoration of Yom HaShoah.

Honor the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust this Yom Hashoah by hearing Sophie Rosenbaum’s incredible story of escape by the Vienna Kindertransport. Learn about Sophie’s journey through her own words as well as her son’s, Dr. David Bader.

Wednesday, April 27
Service: 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Program: 7:30 p.m.
Virtual & In-Person Options
Old York Road Temple – Beth Am (971 Old York Road, Abington PA)

Click here to register for this program.

Lore Segal Speaks with the Leo Baeck Institute Book Club

April 27, 2022

Kindertransport survivor and longtime KTA member, the brilliant and delightful writer Lore Segal is speaking with the Leo Baeck Institute book club on April 27, join her virtually.

To register, click here

From the award-winning New Yorker writer comes this essential volume spanning almost six decades. Admired for “a voice unlike any other” (Cynthia Ozick) and a style both “wry and poignant” (The New Yorker), Lore Segal is a master literary stylist. This volume collects some of her finest work—including new and uncollected writing—and selections from her novels, stories, and essays. From her very first story—which appeared in The New Yorker in 1961—to today, Segal’s voice has been unique in contemporary American literature: Hilarious and urbane, heartbreaking and profound, keen and utterly unsentimental.

Segal has often used her own biography as both subject and inspiration: At age ten she was sent on the Kindertransport from Vienna to England to escape the Nazi invasion of Austria; grew up among English foster families; and eventually made her way to the United States. This experience was the impetus for her first novel, Other People’s Houses, and one that she has revisited throughout her career. From that beginning, Segal’s writing has ranged widely across form as well as subject matter. Her flawless prose and light touch belie the rigor and intelligence she brings to her art.

To watch Lore Segal talk about her life and work here

To buy the book, click here

KTA Online Social Chat for KT2s

April 24, 2022

The KTA invites KTA members of the Second Generation (KT2s) to an informal virtual chat session on zoom. The KT2 Virtual Gathering is a chat creating a Second Generation Kindertransport forum, giving us a chance to get to know other KT2s, connect with old acquaintances, meet new mispoche, and socialize online. In the past, we attended biennial KTA conferences that offered us a chance to meet and speak about shared thoughts and feelings of life as a KT2. These virtual gatherings, in addition to the annual World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants annual conferences, allow us to speak about matters on our minds, share what we have been doing, and express thoughts about contemporary issues.

The suggested theme for this event is: At what age did you first become aware of the Kindertransport experience of your parent(s)?

This event is open to KT2 members of the KTA only.

KTA Membership Meeting

December 15, 2021

KTA Members gather together virtually to ask questions of the KTA Board, learn what’s been going on and is being planned, and elect new members to the 2022 KTA Board.

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