Holocaust survivor Felix Weil, 81, tells his life story of survival to Mrs. DiCuirci fifth grade classroom at Xenia Christian School. In the late 1930s, Felix Weil’s life was spared from the Holocaust by the Kindertransport. And had it not been for a clerical mistake, Felix Weil of Clayton,Ohio, could not have been at Xenia Christian School this week to share his experiences with the 5th grade class. He probably would not have escaped Hitler’s clutches, the horror of the Holocaust, he said.
A Holocaust survivor who escaped to Britain as a teenager has shared his tragic experiences with students at Wallington County Grammar School. Harry Bibring, 83, escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna on a Kindertransport train after his father’s menswear business was destroyed during Kristallnacht. His father later died of a heart attack after being robbed while buying travel tickets and his mother was deported to the Sobibor death camp in Poland in 1942.
Friedel (Fred) Ransenberg was born in Wenneman, Germany, the second oldest of six children. His father, Jakob Ransenberg, an Iron Cross recipient and decorated sergeant in the German Army during World War I, supported his family as a butcher. Before the drastic rise of anti-Semitism, Ransenberg and his brothers played soccer on the local team alongside many Catholic Germans. Fred’s older brother was sent away on the Kindertransport. In 1943, at the age of 16, Fred arrived in Auschwitz.
National Public Radio interviews James Jacobson, a self-professed serial entrepreneur, who feels many life lessons stem from the lives of his parents, who fled Germany and the Nazis as young children, and eventually made their way to St. Louis, where they found each other and married. When his father was 7, he was put on a train with his sister in what later became known as the kindertransport.
In a sombre ceremony at the University of Toronto, the Czech Republic recently marked the 70th anniversary of two separate – but ultimately related – events. On March 14, 1939, the first rescue train of Jewish children, known as the kindertransport, pulled out of Prague, bound for Britain. One day later, the German army marched into Prague, the Czech capital, transforming a democratic nation into a protectorate of Nazi Germany and dooming its Jewish population.
Irmgard Rosenzweig got out of Germany in March 1939 on a Kindertransport to England. She lived in a foster home for more than a year while her parents secretly plotted their escape. With the help of the American Friends Service Committee, the family was reunited in New York City in the summer of 1940 and offered the opportunity to go to Scattergood,Iowa. “I was sure it was the Wild West,” Irmgard laughed.
The 85-year-old director remembers how Helga and Irene Bejach arrived in August 1939, when he was 15. They stayed with the Attenboroughs for seven years before moving to America. Irene died in 1992 and Helga in 2005.
Dr. Heini Halberstam, KTA member and retired faculty of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana participated in a post-show discussion following the March 30, 2009 performance of My Heart in a Suitcase. As a child, Dr. Halberstam traveled from former Czechoslovakia to England on the Kindertransport.
KTA member Alfred Traum is featured in article about the Reverend Patrick Desbois and his search for evidence of Nazi crimes in the Ukraine. ‘We are running against time,’ the French priest said Thursday at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
Lisl Schick,was a guest speaker at a Florida high school in an initiative to bring more awareness of the Holocaust. The assembly was sponsored by the Holocaust Education Resource Council, which provides free materials to teachers.
The Providence campus of URI presents “The Holocaust: Women’s Stories — The Will to Survive and Thrive.” It’s not one event but three: two exhibits and one play. The exhibit “My Mother’s Story” is centered on the Kindertransport.
All of us know people who inspire us to do great things. If we are really lucky, we might be able to find a rare individual or two who motivate us by their selfless example of giving without seeking recognition for their efforts. Ilse Meyer was one of those people, and her impact on our community will continue to be felt for many years into the future.
The love story between KTA member Alfred Bader and his wife, Isabel, will be featured on a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Valentine’s Day-themed documentary Friday February 13 at 9pm on The Doc Zone. Love Interrupted features the stories of several couples who fell in love when young and then spent several decades separated before finally reuniting later in life.
The Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey is acting as matchmaker, bringing together bar and bat mitzva students with individual survivors, so that the youngsters can talk to and get to know them and learn what happened to them and their families.
Standing on Cambridge station, a tiny little girl with a shock of dark curls, Suzie Spitzer looked totally bewildered. Just five years old, she was all alone – save for a solitary suitcase.
Article in the Coventry Post British newspaper featuring Kinder Susi Bechhofer and Gerda Kerr, who will be attending a Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration with the theme “Stand Up to Hatred.”
Article from the Edinburgh Evening News on Stephen Brent and Walter Bernard, cousins who fled Germany on the same Kindertransport, and met in 2008.
Article in local British newspaper, the Borehamwood and Elstree Times, on Kind and Elstree resident Eric Newman.
Op-ed article in the Jerusalem Post reflecting on the 70th anniversary of the Kindertransports.
Article in Liverpool Daily Post on Liverpool students travelling to London’s Liverpool Street Station to perform a play written by their KT2 tutor to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Kindertransport.