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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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Surrender and Sanctuary project draws to a close after two years

Posted on February 2, 2020

Surrender and Sanctuary was a National Lottery-funded project to celebrate and commemorate the anniversaries of the town’s hugely-significant moments in history which were the surrender of the German U-boat fleet in 1918 and the arrival of the first Jewish refugee children, known as the Kindertransport, in December 1938.

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Manningham house opened up for Kindertransport boys fleeing Nazis

Posted on February 1, 2020

Albert Wachsman was the only child from his town, Saarbrucken in Germany, chosen for the Kindertransport. His two older brothers were in Palestine and his younger brother was hidden on a farm in France when Albert’s mother put him on a train to Cologne in February 1939. He joined youngsters travelling to Harwich, Essex, then to a holiday camp in Dovercourt, Kent, housing 2,000 children. Most would never see their families again.

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Jessica Morden recalls Renate Collins’ escape from Holocaust

Posted on January 31, 2020

Renate Collins was five years old when she boarded a train to the UK – the last so-called Kindertransport to leave Prague in 1939, before the outbreak of the Second World War. A NEWPORT MP welcomed 86-year-old Collins to Westminster this week and shared with the House of Commons her remarkable story of how she narrowly escaped the horrors of the Nazis.

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Op-ed: Kindertransport

Posted on January 30, 2020

I think we need some refreshment from the likes of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. Let’s forget about them for a few minutes and think about Nicholas Winton instead.

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My Mother’s Story: A Kindertransport Lunch & Learn

Posted on January 29, 2020

(Milwaukee) Dr. Sue Bernstein will share the courageous story of survival of her mother Ruth Wasserman Segal who was born in 1926 in Nuremberg, Germany. She survived the Holocaust by embarking on the Kindertransport from Germany en-route to England on April 18, 1939.

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From darkness to greatness

Posted on January 28, 2020

Profiles of five prominent Kindertransport successes

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Auschwitz 75: Caller asks listeners to help find him find his father

Posted on January 28, 2020

A caller made a moving appeal to listeners to help him locate his father who was on the Kindertransport in 1939.

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The story of the six-year-old brought to Abercynon to escape Nazi Germany

Posted on January 27, 2020

At the age of six, Elga Kitchener came to Wales as a Kindertransport refugee to escape Nazi Germany, in June 1939. On the same day, her mother gave birth to her only sibling. Elga’s aunt Dinah would be caring for her in Abercynon until the family could be reunited in Wales. But Elga never met her sister Judis and she never saw her mother, great-grandmother or uncle again.

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Holocaust survivors’ stories ‘could help’ child refugees

Posted on January 27, 2020

About 10,000 mainly Jewish children escaped from the Nazis in the 1930s thanks to the Kindertransport scheme. A study at Aberystwyth University will look at how those children’s experiences went on to affect them in their adult lives. Dr Andrea Hammel said it could help children fleeing conflict today.

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Lord Dubs: ‘The children are counting on us to continue refugee fight’

Posted on January 27, 2020

The Labour peer’s EU Withdrawal Bill amendment failed last week. But Kindertransport kid Lord Dubs explains, exclusively in The Big Issue, why he will keep on battling for child refugees to be reunited with their loved ones in the UK

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Islamophobia and antisemitism go hand in hand, warn child refugees of genoc

Posted on January 26, 2020

Kindertransport survivor Vera Schaufeld and Bosnian refugee survivor Safet Vukalic share their testimony in interview with Jewish News ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day

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