Kindertransport survivor Vera Schaufeld and Bosnian refugee survivor Safet Vukalic share their testimony in interview with Jewish News ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day
A grandmother who settled in northeast England told the story of how she escaped on a Kindertransport at the age of 13.
Born in 1929, Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines was one of the 669 predominantly Jewish children who were evacuated from Prague on one of the eight kindertransport trains organised by Sir Nicholas Winton. Pupils from primary and secondary schools across the borough will travel to the Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton, to hear testimony from Milena on Wednesday January 29, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).
New book written by native Londoner Riki Goldstein, introduces today’s youth to vital history about the Nazis, the Kindertransport, and the Holocaust in an accessible and child-friendly way. Book is recommended for children in grades 3-6.
Music moved pianist Mona Golabek to tell the story of her mother, herself a pianist whose career was cut short when the Nazis occupied Austria. [Her mother’s] dream ended when 14-year-old Jura had to flee the Nazis via the Kindertransport and begin a new life at a children’s home on Willesden Lane in London, where she later survived the London Blitz.
The Jewish Community Center opens a new exhibit, “A Thousand Kisses: Stories of the Kindertransport,” and, along with the Holocaust Education Resource Center of Milwaukee, presents it with several related events later this month.
Kindertransport refugee Vera Schaufeld tells Alex Galbinski why she now speaks out for other stranded children. As she speaks of her childhood, Vera, now 89, is matter of fact about the tragedies that changed her life and clings to the memories of her family life
A Holocaust survivor who witnessed Kristallnacht and later won improved pensions for his Kindertransport peers as their UK spokesman has died aged 93. German-born Hermann Hirschberger came to the UK as a teenager, celebrating his bar mitzvah in a hostel before training to be an engineer and later helping to found Belmont Synagogue.
A total of 31 people have been included in the UK New Year’s Honours List for their contribution to Holocaust Education, among them many Holocaust survivors. The list includes several survivors who arrived to Britain as children thanks to the Kindertransport, a program that saved several thousand Jewish children from Nazi Germany and other Nazi occupied countries. They were named as: Ruth Barnett, Leslie Brent, Maria Beate Green, Ingrid Wuga, Marc Schatzberger, and Susie Barnett.
Professor Emeritus at the University of London came to Britain to escape Nazi Germany and spoke about his experience of Kristallnacht
Those rescued from the Nazis by the Kindertransport and the descendants of their rescuers are opening a new exhibit on the remarkable humanitarian aid mission at the Imperial War Museum next month. The special display titled ‘A Child’s Road to Freedom: The Kindertransport Activists’ will open on 12 January and tell how 10,000 Jewish children came by train to the UK before and after the war
Who were these children, who had traveled so far, alone? These were the first children of Rabbi Schonfeld’s Kindertransport. Their parents were back home, in Vienna, Austria. They had once enjoyed beautiful homes and shuls and a special Jewish community, but now, Nazi soldiers marched through Vienna’s streets. Despite the Nazi danger, Rabbi Schonfeld had traveled to Vienna to help rescue Jewish children.
Michele Gold, whose mother escaped the Holocaust, honors the 81st anniversary of the Kindertransport. She discusses “Memories That Won’t Go Away: A Tribute to the Children of the Kindertransport” and participates in a panel discussion with Kindertransport survivors and descendants of survivors at 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 8) at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. Admission is free.
Peter Gossels was a few weeks shy of turning 9 when his mother placed him and his 5-year-old brother on a train to flee Germany for France on July 3, 1939. For two years she wrote letters to her sons as they hid in France from the Nazis and after they traveled to Massachusetts, where families in Brookline provided new homes. She had hoped to follow but, along with most of the boys’ relatives, she was killed in the Holocaust.
Just months before the earth-shattering tragedy of Kristallnacht occurred in Germany in November 1938, awakening the Jewish community to a new reality, the family of Heinz Birnbrei already knew their lives were endangered. The 14-year-old from Dortmund who was later to be known as Henry Birnbrey was given 24 hours to say goodbye to his parents and obtain his visa from the U.S. Consulate in Stuttgart. The future Atlantan sailed on the SS Hansa from Hamburg and arrived in New York in April 1938.
The son of a couple who helped 200 Jewish refugee children escape to North Wales during World War Two has made an emotional return to the place he was born. Professor Daniel Sperber, who lives in Jerusalem, was born at Gwrych Castle in 1940. His parents, Rabbi Shmuel Sperber and Miriam, had arranged the ‘kindertransport’ of dozens of children fleeing persecution in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Relics of this haunted but rarely examined chapter of the Holocaust are now on display in “Kindertransport — Rescuing Children on the Brink of War,” a collaboration of the Yeshiva University Museum and the Leo Baeck Institute. The exhibit opened in New York in November 2018 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of Kindertransport, the operation that rescued 10,000 refugee children from Nazi-occupied Europe in the years leading up to the Holocaust.
Die in Berlin geborene Marion emigrierte 1939 zunächst mit einem Kindertransport nach London und lebt heute in New York City
Kibbutz Lavi, whose founders included children evacuated from Germany to the United Kingdom as part of the Kindertransport program before the Holocaust, has become the main provider worldwide of furniture for synagogues.
In an unassuming suburb of Berlin lies a testament to a truly remarkable tale. A temporary exhibition entitled Am Endes des Tunnels (‘At the End of the Tunnels’) commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransports from Berlin. Between 1938 and 1940, up to 10,000 children from Nazi-occupied territories were transported to Great Britain. Of these, it is estimated that some 7,500 of those rescued were Jewish.