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Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946

by Dwork, Deborah and Jan Van Pelt, Robert (2009); Published by W.W. Norton & Co.

The authors of Auschwitz offer a comprehensive survey of various countries’ responses to the refugee crisis and their often self-serving motives. America, fearing immigrants would become public charges, required financial affidavits from Americans, which were very difficult to get. Britain granted transit visas to the Kindertransport children and visas to famous Jews such as Sigmund Freud. The Dominican Republic allowed refugees to work on agricultural colonies. Internment camps in the Soviet Union offered a chance for survival while camps in France were conduits to the concentration camps.

From Outside in: Refugees and British Society: An Anthology of Writings by Refugees on Britain and Britishness

by Arbabzadah, Nushin (2007); Published by Arcadia Books

This is a collection of memoir, fiction and poetry that explores being British from the perspective of the newly arrived. It presents accounts that range from German-Jews – including several members of the KTA – to Iraqi Kurds, as well as Vietnamese, Afghanis, Chileans and others. The narratives poignantly depict the twin mechanism of loss and hope faced by newcomers to these shores, as they simultaneously search for ways to hold onto memories of lives no longer lived and in turn inhabit new ways of being. May be out of print. Try your local library or Holocaust Memorial Center

Full Circle: A young boy’s escape from Nazi Germany and his reunion with Family

by Wolff, Michael M. (2016); Published by CreateSpace

This is the story of one Kindertransport child, who through the kindness of the British people, managed to escape death by joining the Kindertransport. By the time the Holocaust was over, the Nazis had murdered over 1,500,000 children.

Gerettet Berichte von Kindertransport und Auswanderung nach Großbritannien

by Thune, Eva-Marie (2019); Published by Hentrich und Hentrich Verlag

Eva-Maria Thüne visited 36 Kindertransport ‘children’ and held talks with them in 2017-2018. The main concern of the linguist was to gain knowledge about the attitudes of the rescued towards the German and the acquisition of the English language. As a study on the language of migrants, von Thüne’s investigation includes questions about language change, linguistic and cultural affiliation and identity. Her website includes links to the interviews.

German and Austrian War Children In The Netherlands

by Keesing, Miriam (2013); Published by DOKIN

Dokin is a Dutch acronym for Duitse Oorlogskinderen In Nederland (German War Children in the Netherlands). Here you will find information about the refugee children from the Third Reich who came to the Netherlands after Kristallnacht. There were almost 2000 children that came to the Netherlands. On this website you will find information on these children and about this period in Dutch history.

Getting Here: From a Seat on a Train to a Seat on the Bench

by Ney, Peter (2009); Published by iUniverse, Incorporated

Two nights before his 7th birthday, Peter Ney and his family were awakened by the sound of yelling and of breaking glass as their home was vandalized. Two months later, Peter was granted safe refuge in England via the Kindertransport. Spanning seventy years, Getting Here tells of Peter’s journey from Germany through his tenure as a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals. The book not only describes his journey, but rejoices in the fulfilling of the American dream—from a seat on a refugee train to a seat on the appellate bench.

Hitler’s Exiles: Personal Stories of the Flight from Nazi Germany to America

by Anderson, Mark M., ed. (1998); Published by New York: New Press

Holocaust & the Kindertransport: Vera

by Gissing, Vera (2007); Published by Teachers TV

A 5 minute video of Vera Gissing, a Kind from Czechoslovakia, remembering her Kindertransport experience and reuniting with an old friend.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, based in London, has an online archive of articles about the Kindertransports.

I Came Alone

by Leverton, Bertha and Shmuel Lowensohn (1990); Published by Sussex, England: Book Guild

The founder of the Reunion of Kindertransport in London put together this collection of writings by Kinder. May be out of print. Try your local library or Holocaust Memorial Center

If It’s Not Impossible…: The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton

by Winton, Barbara (2014); Published by Troubador Publishing Ltd

Barbara Winton’s biography of her father. There are around 6000 people in the world today who owe their lives to Nicholas Winton. They are the descendants of a group of refugee children rescued by him from the Nazi threat in 1939. Some of them know of his existence and the part he played in their history, many others do not.

Interrupted Journeys, Young Refugees from Hitler’s Reich

by Gill, Alan (2005); Published by Pymble, NSW: Simon & Schuster Australia

Stories of Kindertransport and other young refugees who wound up in Australia. May be out of print. Try your local library or Holocaust Memorial Center.

Into the Arms of Strangers

by Oppenheimer, Deborah and Mark Jonathan Harris (2000); Published by London: Bloomsbury

The companion book to the film. May be out of print. Try your local library or Holocaust Memorial Center.

Jews in North Devon During the Second World War: The Escape from Nazi Germany and the Establishment of the Pioneer Corps.

by Fry, Helen P. (2005); Published by Tiverton, England: Halsgrove

This book details the training of some 90 young Jewish refugees – some of whom were Kinder – for immigration to Palestine. May be out of print. Try your local library or Holocaust Memorial Center.

Kindertransport Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain

In 1933 Meeting for Sufferings (the executive body of the Society of Friends) set up the Germany Emergency Committee (GEC), later renamed the Friends Committee for Refugees and Aliens (FCRA), in response to anti-Jewish laws of the new Nazi regime. This is a list of Kindertransport research resources.

Kindertransport Memory Quilt

by Grosz, Hanus, Kirsten Grosz and Anita Grosz (2000); Published by The Kindertransport Association

Beautiful photographs of the Kindertransport Memory Quilt panels combined with the moving stories behind each square. Can be purchased through the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI.

KIndertransport Museum in Vienna

(2014) Published by Milli Segal

“Für das Kind” is dedicated to all who helped ten thousand – mostly Jewish – children in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland to escape and to survive the Nazi machinery of death between 1938 and 1939. The first Kindertransport from Vienna left on 10 December 1938 going from Westbahnhof to London, the last one on 22 August 1939. Visits by appointment.

Kindertransport Photographs

by Arbuckle, Alex Q.

A webpage of an introduction to the Kindertransport history and photographs of Kinder arriving and at Dovercourt.

Kindertransport: Britain’s rescue plan

by Kaczmarska, Ela (2010); Published by National Archives

The Wiener Library holds many personal accounts of children evacuated from Nazi Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia between December 1938 and September 1939. Using individual first-hand accounts sourced from The Wiener Library and documents held at The National Archives, this talk gives insights into how Britain dealt with the refugee children who arrived on the Kindertransports and the difficulties they faced.

Kindertransport: Memory, Identity and the British-Jewish Diaspora

by Neumeier, Beate (2003); Published by Rodopi

This chapter in the book “Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Common Traditions and New Developments” provides a comparative and insightful analysis of Lore Segal’s personal account “Other People’s Houses;” Diane Samuel’s stage play “Kindertransport,” and the documentary film “Into the Arms of Strangers.”