What is it in life that inspires or compels each of us to tell our stories? Is it the realization that we, too, have lived important historical events? Or is it something much more personal? And if we have an important story that we have kept hidden for a time, what circumstances create the breakthrough moment of revealing, sharing, and confronting that story? Each time I read my mother’s 1988 article about what happened to her on Kristallnacht, I struggle anew with these questions.
Two men who came to Britain as child refugees in the 1930s spoke out for the refugee children of today at London Liverpool Street last night Friday. Labour lord Alf Dubs and Professor Leslie Brent came as part of the “Kindertransport” trains fleeing the Nazis. Dubs said, “I was six years old when I arrived at this very station, but the cause of refugee children continues.”
Snapshot: My father with other Kindertransport boys These boys were photographed in 1939 in the garden of 47 Lytton Grove, Putney, in south London. At the centre of the group with a cheeky grin, side-parting and spotty tie is my father, Hans, and second from left, back row, with penny specs, is his elder brother, Wolfgang.
On the morning of Nov. 10, 1938, a date that would come to be known as Kristallnacht, 14-year-old Lore Rosen (nee Baron) left for school from the fifth-floor, walk-up apartment where she lived with her mother in Mannheim, Germany. Just outside, the owner of the small grocery next door suddenly intercepted her. “Go to the Jewish old-age home and stay with your mother,” the woman instructed. Lore asked her why. “Just run and go,” she replied.
Former HIAS client, Kindertransport survivor and refugee advocate Manfred Lindenbaum attended the Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis, convened on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly by President Obama. The next morning, Lindenbaum, 84, was interviewed live on Democracy Now!, sharing his personal experiences as a refugee and responding to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s son’s comparison of Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles.
British beneficiaries of the Kinder-transport programme have begun raising funds to help the scores of unaccompanied refugee children stranded in Calais. Almost 80 years after Britain sanctioned a mission to help children escape the antisemitic aftermath of Kristallnacht, Britain’s Jewish community is raising funding to evacuate at least 120 child refugees identified as having the legal right to be reunited with their families in the UK who remain trapped in northern France.
In her blog, the Wiener Library’s Digital Engagement Manager Jessica Green discusses letters written from children on the first Kindertransport to their families back in Germany. On 1 December 1938, approximately 200 unaccompanied German-Jewish child refugees boarded a train towards the Hook of Holland, where a ferry carried them to their new home in England. While in transit, they wrote postcards back home to their families.
Ilse, a native of Vienna, is interviewed on a recent visit. In German.
A memorial service has been held for Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued hundreds of children from the Holocaust in the months before World War Two. Some 28 of those he saved as children were among 400 people who attended the event at London’s Guildhall, along with Czech, Slovak and UK government representatives. Sir Nicholas organised the “Kindertransport” in which 669 mostly Jewish children came to Britain by train from Czechoslovakia in 1939. He died on 1 July last year, aged 106.
Abrahamson is remembered most for two big contributions. One is his four decades of work at the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources — known after 1966 as the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. The other is the part he played in the creation of the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board in 1982.
In her suburban London row house, Margit Goodman, 94, sits wrapped in blankets in her favorite recliner. She was a girl of 17 when she first came to Britain, escaping from her native Prague just before the Germans invaded. She remembers the exact date: June 5, 1939. The Goodmans and a number of former evacuees, are lobbying the U.K. to do the same for unaccompanied Syrian children who are in Europe.
The peer who fled the Nazis, aged six, on Labour’s troubles – and his attempts to make the government accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees.
In the fall of 1939, Kohn left his native Vienna on one of the last transports of children to England, where he was interned as an “enemy alien.” The following year he was shipped to Canada, where he subsequently joined the Canadian army as an infantryman. His parents, Salomon and Gittel Kohn, died in Auschwitz.
With the government refusing to let 3,000 child refugees enter the UK, Guardian readers tell how they escaped the Holocaust – and why Britain must step up again.
A Holocaust survivor who became founding director of the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, Kohn helped make it possible to calculate more accurately how electrons flowed through materials. Decades later, scientists used his theories in computer modeling of complex molecules. “Physics isn’t what I do; it is what I am,” Kohn once said. He also had wide-ranging intellectual and humanitarian interests, and questioned where scientific advancement was taking the world.
Walter Kohn, an Austrian-born American scientist and former refugee who shared a Nobel Prize in Chemistry—a subject that he had last formally studied in high school — died on last Tuesday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 93. As a teenager, Dr. Kohn escaped to England from Nazi-occupied Vienna less than a month before World War II erupted, found himself shipped to Canada as an “enemy alien” and later built a long, distinguished academic career in the USA, becoming an American citizen in 1957.
Walter Kohn, whose parents saved his life by sending him out of Nazi-dominated Europe before the outbreak of World War II and who became a winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry for work vital in developing new materials for electronics and medicine, died April 19. The Nobel Prize — which he shared with mathematician and chemist John Pople — brought wide recognition. He told the Los Angeles Times that his contributions to science were his way of trying to help live his lost family’s lives.
Each year the Holocaust Center provides a community program for Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Day of Remembrance. This year’s commemoration, scheduled for May 1 at 4 p.m., will be held in the gymnasium at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center, Maitland, Florida. There is no charge to attend, and reservations are not required. For additional information about the program contact Terrance Hunter at 407-628-0555 x 225.
The Government will have to take in 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian child refugees after Lords agreed a plan put forward by a Labour peer rescued from the Nazis nearly 80 years ago. The House of Lords this afternoon backed an amendment from Alf Dubs calling on the Government to accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees who fled Syria and ended up in Europe.
Geoffrey H. Hartman, a Kind from Frankfurt and a literary critic whose work took in the Romantic poets, Judaic sacred texts, Holocaust studies, deconstruction and the workings of memory — and took on the very function of criticism itself — died on March 14 at his home in Hamden, Conn. He was 86.