by Koschland, Bernard (2007); Published by Jewish Historical Society of England
This article in the journal Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions, Volume 41, describes two wartime hostels for young refugees who arrived in Britain under the auspices of the Refugee Children’s Movement. Clearly written, it provides details of the daily life and problems (budgets,etc) of the kind of hostels to which Kinder were sent.
by Lissner, Cordula, Reuter, Ursula, Stellmacher, Adrian (2016); Published by Kindertransport Project Group of the Yavneh Memorial and Educational Centre
The Project ‘Kindertransports from North Rhine-Westphalia’ had the aim of putting together the full story of the Kindertransport from the Rhineland and Westphalia, about which up until now only fragments had been known, and making the results available to the memorial centres in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, especially their educational departments.
by Green, Jessica (2016); Published by European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Blog
A mapped series of transcribed letters written by children while in transit on the first Kindertransport on 1 December 1938. The letters are addressed to their families back in Germany while the children are leaving them behind for the safety of England. They were subsequently transcribed by an anonymous source and sent to the JCIO by somebody who identified himself as Herr Flörsheim (or Mr Flörsheim) from Amsterdam. Beyond those few details, nothing is known about the specific provenance of this item or the individual children who wrote the letters themselves.
by Robbins, Trina (2011); Published by Lerner Publishing Group
In 1938, Lily Renée Wilheim is a 14-year-old Jewish girl living in Vienna. Then the Nazis march into Austria, and Lily’s life is shattered overnight. Suddenly, her own country is no longer safe for her or her family. To survive, Lily leaves her parents behind and travels alone to England. In this graphic novel for readers 10-14, follow the story of a brave girl who becomes an artist of heroes and a true pioneer in comic books.
by Bayer, Gerd and Freiburg, Rudolf (2009); Published by Koenigshausen & Neumann
The chapter “Die Erfahrung des Kindertransports in der Englischen Literatur,” by Christoph Houswitschka, pages 76-97, may be of interest. May be out of print. Try your local library or Holocaust Memorial Center.
by Wolfenden, Barbara (2008); Published by Praeger
As Europe prepared for war, the newly-founded Stoatley Rough School began to shelter hundreds of traumatized Jewish children fleeing (usually alone) from Nazi persecution. Little Holocaust Survivors, based on dozens of original interviews, tells their stories, and the stories of the teachers and benefactors who created this refuge in a country house on a hillside in Surrey, donated by its philanthropic owner. Author Barbara Wolfenden (wife of one of the boys educated at Stoatley Rough) has interviewed many of the children (both ‘Hut Boys’ and ‘Household Girls’) from the school. May be out of print. Try your local library or Holocaust Memorial Center.
by Martin, Margaret (2010); Published by D R Green
Gerard Gould is a teacher and director of amateur drama with a uniquely charismatic personality, and those gifts are rare enough to merit attention; but the life of the man behind the work is truly fascinating. He was born Günter Goldstein in Germany in 1922, the youngest child of a prosperous Jewish family. He was a witness (and a perceptive, profoundly intelligent witness) to the gathering horror that was Nazi Germany. He came to England on a Kindertransport.
by Kahn, Margaret (2016); Published by Mercy Community
Margaret Kahn, née Jonas, tells her lifer story, from Kindertransport on December 1, 1938 to a teaching hospital in London, marriage and life in Connecticut. At 94, she still volunteers to speak with young students.
by Gold, Michele (2014); Published by Kotarim International Publishing, Ltd
Memories That Won’t Go Away tells the stories of hundreds of these kinder. Their experiences as strangers in a strange land were often complicated and painful, but as this book illustrates, the rescued children – and their many thousands of descendants – remain grateful to the nation that saved them.
by Gottlieb, Amy (1998); Published by London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson
May be out of print. Try your local library or Holocaust Memorial Center.
by Taylor, Marilyn (2001); Published by History Ireland
The story of the Refugee Resettlement Farm, which existed in Millisle, County Down from 1938 to 1948, is one of the little-known ‘secret histories’ of the Second World War in Ireland. To this remote, disused farm on the beautiful Ards peninsula, came, in the late 1930s, Jewish children who escaped on Kindertransports, together with older members of religious Zionist youth groups, and some adults, all refugees from Nazi terror.
by Behrendt, Gideon and Claudia Curio (2001); Published by Frankfurt: Fischer
May be out of print. Try your local library or Holocaust Memorial Center.
by Rowe Fraustino, Lisa and Coats, Karen, Editors (2016); Published by University Press of Mississippi
Chapter 4: The Women Who Sent Their Children Away: Mothers in Kindertransport Fiction. May be out of print. Try your local library or Holocaust Memorial Center.
by Hacker, Melissa (1996); Published by Bee's Knees Productions
Award-winning documentary film directed by the daughter of a Kind from Vienna.
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by Backer, Ivan (2016); Published by Skyhorse
The breathtaking memoir by a member of “Nicky’s family,” a group of 669 Czechoslovakian children who escaped the Holocaust through Sir Nicholas Winton’s Kindertransport project, My Train to Freedom relates the trials and achievements of award-winning humanitarian and former Episcopal priest, Ivan Backer. Now an eighty-six-year-old who remains an activist for peace and justice. He has been influenced by his Jewish heritage, his Christian boarding school education in England, and the always present question “For what purpose was I spared the Holocaust?”.
by Tydor Baumel-Schwartz, Judith (2012); Published by Purdue University Press
This book charts the history of the Kindertransport movement, focusing on the dynamics that developed between the British government, the child refugee organizations, the Jewish community in Great Britain, the general British population, and the refugee children. Based on archival sources and follow-up interviews with refugee children both forty and seventy years after their flight to Britain, this book gives a unique perspective into the political, bureaucratic, and human aspects of the Kindertransport scheme prior to and during World War II.
by Emmanuel, Muriel and Vera Gissing (1982); Published by Edgware, England: Vallentine Mitchell Publishers
by Korman, Gerd (2005); Published by University of Wisconsin Press
Korman movingly recounts his childhood years as a refugee in war-ravaged Europe…. The young adult who emerged was a collage of disjointed personas: an American Jew eager to embrace his new home, an immigrant who never shed the traces of his foreign accent, and a historian eager to tell the story that defines him, his family, and his people.—Publishers Weekly The Korman family scattered from a Polish refugee camp just before WWII. The father sailed to Cuba on the ill-fated St. Louis; the mother left for the United States after sending her two sons on a Kindertransport.
by Ramler, Sigfried (2009); Published by Ahuna Press
The book begins with Sig’s childhood in Vienna and follows him at age 14 on the Kindertransport to London, where he experienced the Blitz as well as V-1 and V-2 rocket attacks. After the war, his facility with languages brought him to one of the defining moments of his life: the Nuremberg trials. Working in the new field of simultaneous translation, Sig came face to face with the war’s criminals: Göring, Hess, Höss, and Hitler’s architect, Speer. A meeting with a pretty Hawaiian-Chinese court reporter, Piilani Ahuna, led to marriage and a journey to Hawaii. May be out of print. Try your local library or Holocaust Memorial Center.
by Schulhof Rybeck, Erika (2013); Published by Summit Crossroads Press
Erika Schulhof Rybeck tells her story as a tribute to the parents who shielded her from the Nazi horrors swirling around her, horrors that led to their deportation and disappearance. After being a teacher, mother and volunteer, she looks back at age 84 at rare experiences – living in castles and cottages, being sheltered by Catholics, discovering her Jewish heritage, and learning of her illustrious family.