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Theatre Department kicks off its 2022-2023 season with Diane Samuel’s “Kindertransport”

Posted on September 30, 2022

UNCW’s Theatre Department kicks off its 2022-2023 season with Diane Samuel’s Kindertransport. The production looks at the life of a young child who is forced to leave Nazi-occupied Germany and sent to live with a foster family in Britain, uncertain of what her future will hold.

Director, Dr. Charles Grimes, says as we read news stories and think about what’s happening now, this story becomes very relevant. Grimes explains it reminds you that everything you read about in the headlines, is actually happening or happened to an individual somewhere.

“Telling us something about how easy it is to lose something as a person, to the forces of history. And it’s a smart play about how people in society kind of accept what’s going on even if that’s leading in the direction of fascism or inhumanity.  And it just shows how those forces affect individual people.”

Kindertransport is in the Mainstage Theatre at the UNCW Cultural Arts Building. Shows run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2, starting tonight and ending on October 9th.

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Kind Ilse Melamid speaks on PBS panel: NO LONGER UNIMAGINABLE: A Conversation with Holocaust Survivors. 

Posted on September 24, 2022

KTA Board member Kindertransportee Ilse was brilliant, highlighting the work of the Quakers and the importance of hearing refugee’s stories on the panel: NO LONGER UNIMAGINABLE: A Conversation with Holocaust Survivors. 

To watch: https://bit.ly/PBSTalk

 

 

Where to Watch and Stream Into the Arms of Strangers

Posted on September 22, 2022

Where to Watch and Stream Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport Free Online

You can also see the cast, crew, plot and release date for Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport on this page.

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Barbara Winton

Posted on September 20, 2022

The KTA mourns the death of Barbara Winton. Dear friend, staunch advocate for refugees today, writer, founder of the Sir Nicholas Winton Trust to support her father’s legacy, work and spirit. She will be deeply missed.

To quote her twitter bio “pessimistic optimist, previously optimistic pessimist. Supporting today’s refugees while talking about yesterday’s – Kindertransport & my father Nicholas Winton”

Queen Elizabeth

Posted on September 18, 2022

On the eve of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the KTA remembers the generous people of the UK who opened their homes,  schools, hostels, farms to homeless Kindertransport children. We invite KTA members to submit their memories, thoughts and stories of Queen Elizabeth and Prince/King Charles for the Spring issue of the Kinderlink.

One Kindertransportee has written “During my life in England, public celebrations which had royal participation created an atmosphere of unity which thrilled me. Being a refugee I felt an outsider – on the whole, at that time, the British were suspicious of foreigners.”

Kindertransport statue to mark WWII refugees’ arrival in Harwich

Posted on September 2, 2022

A memorial has been unveiled to mark the arrival of 10,000 children to the UK who sought safety from Nazi Germany before the start of World War Two.

The bronze statue by artist Ian Wolter has gone up at Harwich quayside.

The first children arrived at the Essex port on 2 December 1938, with some taken to London and others to local holiday camps such as Dovercourt Bay.

Guests at the unveiling of the statue included more than 30 refugees who arrived on the Kindertransport.

There’s a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yu7aVy6sXU&ab_channel=5News

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One Life films in Prague and UK with Anthony Hopkins and Johnny Flynn

Posted on September 1, 2022

Production is underway on the biopic, One Life, which tells the story of Nicholas Winton and the Czech Kindertransport.

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KINDERTRANSPORT at the Adelson Theatre This November

Posted on September 1, 2022

Celebrated theatre artist, Jeanmarie Simpson, known for her beautifully innovative stagings of Shakespeare, contemporary plays, adaptations, and her own original works, is set to begin rehearsals September 6th in Las Vegas for a November 3rd opening.

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Trevor Chadwick: Statue of ‘Purbeck Schindler’ put up in Swanage

Posted on August 29, 2022

A statue has been erected of a British war hero compared with Oskar Schindler for his efforts to save hundreds of children destined for Nazi death camps.

Trevor Chadwick helped Sir Nicholas Winton rescue 669 youngsters from Czechoslovakia ahead of World War Two.

He was dubbed the “Purbeck Schindler” in reference to him being from Purbeck in Dorset, and the statue is being erected in his hometown of Swanage.

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Kindertransport at South London Theatre

Posted on August 28, 2022

Every child who came over as part of the Kindertransport initiative had a story to tell and in Diane Samuel’s 1993 play Kindertransport we’re told the story of Eva Schlesinger who’s taken in by Lil and moved to Manchester unable to speak the language of her new country of residence and confused by why she was sent away by the parents who loved her. The play, although fictitious, is based on some real Kindertransport children and their stories have been woven together to produce Kindertransport at the South London Theatre and is the debut production from Everything’s Rosie.

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Kindertransport: A Journey to Life

Posted on July 28, 2022

Kenneth Appel, grew up in Nazi Germany, was expelled from school when the Nazis rose to power, suffered at the hands of his former school friends, until he fled with the Kindertransport to Britain. Having arrived in Britain, he witnessed the London Blitz in 1940 and eventually put himself through university and began research at a laboratory that was working to develop penicillin.

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The NS Poem: Kindertransport

Posted on July 28, 2022

A new poem by Craig Raine.

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Alice Schick

Posted on July 11, 2022

Lisl was born in Vienna, Austria, on December 20, 1927. In 1938, Lisl’s parents made the difficult decision to put her and her brother Walter on the “Kindertransport” – a British rescue operation that saved 10,000 Jewish children. Despite a seven year separation, this decision saved their lives.

After reuniting with her parents in NYC, Lisl met and married her husband who had also escaped from Vienna. In 1959 they moved to Clearwater.

While active in numerous community organizations, it was the Florida Holocaust that was her passion.

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Local volunteer and Holocaust survivor Alice ‘Lisl’ Schick

Posted on June 30, 2022

Schick’s story begins when she was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1927 to Paul and Charlotte Porges, according to a news release. During the Nazis’ occupation of Austria, her parents put Schick and her brother, Walter, on a rescue train called the Kindertransport. The rescue train offered refuge to almost 10,000 Jewish children ages seven to 11 in England.

“My parents gave birth to me twice. Once when I was born and once when they put me on the Kindertransport,” Schick said in the release.

After moving to Florida, Schick worked with The Florida Holocaust Museum to ensure the Holocaust would never be forgotten and to teach its crucial life lessons.

 

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Dr. Judith Grunfeld: The ‘Queen’ Who Was a Surrogate Mother to Many of the Kindertransport

Posted on June 24, 2022

The British government had decided that if it entered the war, it would evacuate children from London (which was bound to be the target of enemy bombs) to the safety of the English countryside.

Grunfeld knew how traumatic it would be for these children, who had recently been torn away from their parents. Many would never see them again, although at that time, the kids all still harbored hopes that their parents would arrive at any minute. Now she would have to take them away from their foster families and settle them in yet another strange house.

The code word for the evacuation, which Grunfeld hoped she would never hear, was “Pied Piper tomorrow,” which would mean that all schools had to prepare the children for evacuation the following day.

The code word was broadcast on the radio on Thursday, Aug. 31, 1939. The following day, Grunfeld boarded one of the eight buses filled by the pupils of her school. Only when they were all on board did the officer in charge tell her she was headed to Shefford. This was the first indication she had of where she and 400 Jewish children would be spending their lives until the end of the war.

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Kindertransport statue to mark refugees’ arrival in Essex from Germany

Posted on June 21, 2022

A memorial is being created for a UK port where thousands of children began arriving after they fled Nazi Germany before World War Two broke out.

The Kindertransport to Harwich, Essex, started after the anti-Jewish violence of Kristallnacht in November 1938.

The first children arrived by ferry at Harwich, on 2 December 1938, with some taken to London and others to local holiday camps such as Dovercourt Bay.

The bronze statue will be unveiled on Harwich quayside in September.

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Plaque honours Gloucester couple who gave Jewish boys refuge

Posted on June 20, 2022

A plaque has been unveiled in tribute to a family who took in 10 Jewish boys fleeing the Nazis.

Thousands of children escaped to the UK on what was known as the Kindertransport during the 1930s as Adolf Hitler rose in influence.

Paul and Edith Arnstein cared for the boys at their home in Gloucester.

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The 25 Best World War 2 Movies To Watch Right now

Posted on June 17, 2022

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)

Several tales about world war ii concentrate on the war’s tragedies and depravity. “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport,” on either side, celebrates humanity’s love, charity, and steadfastness in several of history’s biggest catastrophes.

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The surprising true origin of Paddington Bear

Posted on June 6, 2022

This weekend, two British institutions — Queen Elizabeth and Paddington Bear — charmed the world in a surprise skit that kicked off the Platinum Party at the Palace tribute concert outside Buckingham Palace.

But many viewers might not have known the real origins of the ursine celebrity who hails from “darkest Peru” — yet was actually inspired by Jewish refugee children.

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Former child of Kindertransport who became a judge

Posted on May 30, 2022

Inge Goldrein never saw her father again after she was put on a train in Vienna – but her adoptive English parents encouraged her to study at a time when it was rare and she went all the way to become a judge

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