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Yad Vashem Marks 80 Years Since the Kindertransport

Posted on June 17, 2019

Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is commemorating 80 years since the Kindertransport with a new display of rare artifacts which belonged to children who escaped Nazi Germany on the eve of the Holocaust.

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Das bewegte Leben des Hans Menasse

Posted on June 15, 2019

Article on Austrian Kind and soccer player Hans Menasse.

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Hatred then, hatred now: Kindertransport memorial smashed

Posted on June 11, 2019

A new Kindertransport memorial in Prague which pays tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton’s 1939 rescue effort has been damaged by determined vandals who “came prepared”. Police said they were investigating the attack on the Valediction memorial at Prague’s main railway station, where trains shuttled 669 Jewish children to safety in the UK.

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Prague memorial to Jewish children who fled Nazis vandalised

Posted on June 10, 2019

A memorial honouring the escape of mostly Jewish children from the Nazis, organised by Sir Nicholas Winton, has been damaged in an apparently carefully planned attack. The Valediction Memorial at Prague’s main railway station – representing trains used to transport 669 children from the Czech capital to Britain – was left with a long crack across the length of a symbolic window pane.

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Seven Holocaust survivors named in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Posted on June 7, 2019

5 KInder, including Walter Kammerling, 95, who arrived on the Kindertransport at 15, were honored for their dedication to sharing their stories. “I don’t feel I am so very special. It’s a great honour. I do appreciate it. I thank everybody concerned that I do get this honour,” he said. “It is a personal talk, but this one does include all my family as well, and makes them more aware of what happened, and not just this but also of what can happen.”

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Olga’s Legacy

Posted on June 5, 2019

Olga Bergmann Gabanyi Grilli (Photo provided by Richard Grilli)

There are many stories of Holocaust survivor descendants who are alive today only because the tenuous threads between life and death were not broken… The legacy of Olga Bergmann Gabanyi Grilli and her family is such a story. A story of tenuous threads, chance encounters and heart-breaking, courageous decisions.

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A Holocaust Art Exhibit Was Vandalized. But Vienna Is Fighting Back

Posted on May 31, 2019

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Annual Holocaust Commemoration on May 1st

Posted on May 1, 2019

On May 1st, the Ithaca community will get the chance to hear a firsthand account of one of the most tragic episodes in world history, the Holocaust, from a man who survived it. Gerd Korman’s family was separated during the war in various camps across Europe. They were finally reunited in the United States in 1946.

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Tale Of Children Displaced By Nazis Comes To Westfield

Posted on April 24, 2019

(Photo courtesy of ArtsPower)

‘My Heart in a Suitcase’ will be performed at Thomas Edison and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools Tuesday. While every student in America learns about World War II, not many people remember the Kindertransport. Not many know that in 1938, as the Nazi rise to power began to spell a darker and darker fate for Jews, thousands of Jewish children from Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Austria left their homes on the Kindertransport and went to live in England in order to survive the war.

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Fit, bright, not too Jewish – Kindertransport policy

Posted on April 19, 2019

Children were admitted on the basis they were easy to ‘Anglicise’, researchers say. Children seeking sanctuary in Britain before the Holocaust were refused the lifeline of the Kindertransport if they were thought to have disabilities or looked too Jewish, say researchers.

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Dutch filmmakers making doc about Shoah hero appeal to UK Jews for help

Posted on April 8, 2019

Dutch filmmakers are appealing to British Jews to help them make a documentary about a social worker who became a Holocaust hero after helping 10,000 Jewish children reach safety via the Kindertransport. Resistance fighter Geertruida Wijsmuller-Meijer, whose nickname was ‘Truus,’ was honoured as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, after her wartime efforts – including smuggling children out under her skirt – came to light.

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‘Green Book’ Got Racism Wrong; This 1964 Film Got It Right

Posted on February 25, 2019

Can a white person realistically make a film about racism that avoids this trap? Well, yes. It’s not just possible; it’s been done. The best example may be the 1964 film “Nothing But a Man.” Directed by Michael Roemer, a Berlin-born Jew who escaped Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport, and shot by Robert M. Young, also a white Jewish man, the film follows a black couple in Alabama.

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Kindertransport: Britain’s response to the growing refugee crisis in 1938

Posted on February 8, 2019

The Kindertransport initiative was set up between 1938 and 1939 to rescue nearly 10,000 Jewish child refugees prior to the second world war. This resource explores The Guardian’s coverage of child refugees from Nazi occupied countries, along with a first hand account from Guardian journalist, Hella Pick.

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Nicholas Winton’s Story on CBS 60 Minutes New Program

Posted on January 27, 2019

n honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 60 Minutes looks back at Bob Simon’s 2014 profile of Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 children from the Nazis. An extraordinary story from the Second World War, a humanitarian story that didn’t come to light for decades. It concerns a young Londoner named Nicholas Winton who went to Prague, and ended up saving the lives of 669 children, mostly Jews, from almost certain death. His story begins in 1938, with Europe on the brink of war.

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Dr. Ruth Reflects on Escaping Nazi Germany 80 Years After Kindertransport

Posted on January 14, 2019

Before she became a world-renowned Sex Expert, Dr. Ruth Westheimer was 10-year-old Karola Ruth Siegel, one of thousands of Jewish children in Germany saying goodbye to their families for a life-saving journey. “If I had not been sent from Frankfurt. If I had not been on that train on January 5, 1939 from Frankfurt to Switzerland I would not be alive,” Westheimer said. Sadly, the rest of her family was murdered. An exhibit at the Center for Jewish History showcases the rescue effort.

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Inge and Ellen: my family and the Kindertransport

Posted on January 11, 2019

An article in the London Financial Times written by the grandson in a family that took in two German Kinder. The Kinder are KTA members, and the families are still close.

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Alfred Bader, 1924-2018

Posted on December 26, 2018

He had quite a story. Bader was born in Vienna in 1924, and at 14 was sent to England (along with many others his age) to escape persecution. (His adoptive mother died in the Nazi camps, so this concern was extremely well-founded). In 1940 he was sent on to Canada, and he studied there at Queen’s – McGill’s quota for Jewish admissions kept him out of that university. He went on to Harvard for graduate work with Fieser, and afterwards found himself working in the chemical industry in Milwaukee.

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Alfred Bader: Chemical company magnate, Milwaukee philanthropist dies at 94

Posted on December 24, 2018

Alfred Bader, a chemist, philanthropist and art collector who escaped the Holocaust in Europe and built a chemical company in Milwaukee, died Sunday. Bader was 94 and died peacefully, the family said. His wife, Isabel, was at his side.

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Germany To Compensate Survivors Of World War II’s Kindertransport

Posted on December 17, 2018

After 80 years, survivors of the “Kindertransport” evacuation of Jewish children from Nazi Germany and elsewhere in Europe before World War II will receive compensation from the German government. The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, also known as the Claims Conference, said the German government agreed to pay each person still alive a one-time compensation of 2,500 euros ($2,800).

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Emotional Kindertransport Exhibition By C&G Partners

Posted on December 15, 2018

Kindertransport: Rescuing Children on the Brink of War runs through May 24, 2019 at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

Multi-specialty design studio C&G Partners has created a highly emotional and thought-provoking exhibition commemorating the 80th anniversary of the start of Kindertransport, the humanitarian mission that sought to rescue 10,000 refugee children from Nazi-occupied Europe in the years leading up to the Holocaust. Kindertransport: Rescuing Children on the Brink of War runs through May 24, 2019 at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

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