More excerpts from the life of a refugee

Posted on July 9, 2009

Retired Sheffield teacher Inge Joseph, who came to Britain as a 12-year-old refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria, has had a third volume of her memoirs – My Darling Diary – Vol III – published. The honesty and frankness of her diary-keeping (using the pen name Ingrid Jacoby) has already caught widespread attention through Radio 4 programmes Message to Myself and Woman’s Hour.

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Baders have castle named in their honour

Posted on July 5, 2009

When he was 14, Alfred Bader was sent out of Austria on a kindertransport. He ended up interned in Canada. By 1941, he had applied to Canadian universities. Toronto and McGill rejected him, having decided that they had enough Jews already. Queen’s, however, accepted the young man, who eventually completed degrees in history and chemistry. At the party in his honour Bader said he still appreciated what the university had done to help him get his start decades ago.

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Berlin to Bonfils: A theatrical life

Posted on June 26, 2009

Henry Lowenstein was born July 4, 1925, and grew up in Berlin, where his parents hosted nightly parties for artists of all kinds. One of his father’s best friends was composer Kurt Weill, who worked out his masterpiece “The Three penny Opera” on the Lowenstein family piano. Lowenstein’s war stories are harrowing. At 13, he was part of an illegal scout troop that met in secret to swap tips on staying alive. “We were naïve as hell,” he said. But we were doomed if we stayed.”

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A return participant in the Maccabiah…59 years later

Posted on June 25, 2009

Joe Wohlfarth is affably modest for someone who has represented Great Britain in the Maccabiah games – a quality that is magnified when you discover that he played on the British soccer team twice, in 1950 and 1957, and that he is preparing to represent Israel in the tennis masters, at the age of 77, having made aliya from the UK nine years ago. Wohlfarth distinctly recalls playing soccer with older children when he arrived in England from Frankfurt on the Kindertransport, aged seven.

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Professor on the frontline in fight to explain casualties of war

Posted on June 22, 2009

Simon Wessely is an internationally renowned expert on Gulf War illnesses.Director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, his team’s work has influenced policy on the health of British armed forces. “I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I greatly admire our armed services and feel we don’t value them enough.Those feelings have no doubt been influenced by my father’s background.”As a teenager his dad travelled on the Kindertransport from Prague to Britain to escape the Nazis.

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Harwich: Festival to celebrate Kindertransport

Posted on June 16, 2009

A HARWICH festival is celebrating a very special anniversary. Harwich Festival of the Arts is marking 70 years since the Kindertransport, when more than 10,000 children, who were mostly Jewish, were shipped to Harwich to escape Nazi oppression. For more information:

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80th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth

Posted on June 12, 2009

Ruth Joseph, whose mother was one of 10,000 child refugees who fled Nazi Germany in the kindertransport, wants every child in Wales to read Anne Frank’s diary as part of their schooling. Her mother, Judith Heyman, was sent to Britain at the age of 12. She carried the family’s set of candlesticks used to celebrate the Sabbath. Judith’s parents would not escape the Holocaust. They were taken to Latvia and then killed.

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2 Oneonta men remain witnesses to D-Day, 65 years later

Posted on June 6, 2009

It has been 65 years since D-Day, but the memories haven’t faded for two Oneonta men who fought in the invasion of Normandy, the Allied offensive that was a turning point in Europe during World War II. Ernest Goodman, who escaped Breslau on a Kindertransport in 1939, was an infantryman fighting with the elite British Coldstream Guards. Both volunteered for the military as Europe during World War II. Article in the Oneonta Daily Star.

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Memory of Anne Frank brings youngsters together

Posted on June 4, 2009

A Kind works with the Anne Frank Project in Great Britain: St Mary’s pupils had a talk from Henry Wuga, originally from Nuremburg, who described being beaten up by the SS and watching Hitler giving a speech. He also recalled how he was treated with suspicion by the authorities when he arrived in Scotland as an asylum seeker and was sent to the High Court in Edinburgh, charged with communicating with the enemy.

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Lest We Forget

Posted on May 28, 2009

The Arlington Human Rights Commission sponsored a talk on the Holocaust by Kind Fred Manasse and Dr. Margot Segall-Blank. The two speakers were children when they saw their native Germany transform from familiar neighborhoods into a place they had to flee.

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Imperial War Museum to Open Exhibition on Build-up to WWII

Posted on May 28, 2009

When plans to evacuate civilians from towns and cities were put into action on 31 August 1939, millions of children’s lives were immediately changed. Outbreak 1939 will incorporate the stories and exhibits of a number of those children, including a teddy bear belonging to a little girl evacuated on 3 September 1939; and an exercise book kept by Celia Horwitz, a German Jewish girl, who arrived in the UK in December 1938 as part of the Kindertransport and was later evacuated to Norfolk.

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The real Inglourious Basterds: Britain’s secret Jewish commandos

Posted on May 22, 2009

The troop was recruited from the tens of thousands of refugees who had fled to Britain from the Nazi persecution of the Jewish population before the war. When war began, they were classified as enemy aliens amid fears of infiltration by fifth columnists, and interned. But as time went by, distrust eased and men of fighting age were freed to join the British Army. These men, including several Kinder, were serious and brave soldiers who risked more than most in World War II.

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Major retrospective of artist Gustav Metzger

Posted on May 18, 2009

Born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1926 to Polish-Jewish parents, Gustav Metzger was evacuated to England with his brother Max/Mendel as part of the Kindertransport in 1939. This overview presented by the Serpentine Gallery represents the influential artist and activist Gustav Metzger’s life-long exploration of politics, ecology and the destructive powers of 20th-century industrialised societies. Destruction, creation and transformation lie at the heart of much of Metzger’s art.

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Inglorious? No. Bastards? Never. Meet the real Tarantino war heroes

Posted on May 17, 2009

Like the soldiers portrayed on screen, the men of 3 Troop, 10 Commando, a unit of the British Army that was almost entirely composed of German-speaking Jewish refugees, were motivated by a hatred of Nazism and were sent on secret missions, often behind enemy lines. But any similarities end there. At the age of Max Dickson arrived in England on a Kindertransport. He never saw his parents again – they died in the Warsaw ghetto. Mr Dickson retains vivid memories of his wartime experiences.

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Point of view: The teenager who arrested Himmler

Posted on May 14, 2009

Holocaust survivor Guy Bishop passed away on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 21, 2008. Few people know that he arrested Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi responsible for the mass murder of 6 million Jews. Guy Bishop was born Günther Brüg on April 9, 1926, in Germany and was sent to England on the Kindertransport, in July 1939. With no one to greet him in England, Günther was sent to a refugee camp.

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Human Rights Commission to host Holocaust remembrance event

Posted on May 10, 2009

Arlington, Mass. – The Arlington Human Rights Commission is honored to host “Lest We Forget: Memories and Lessons from the Holocaust” on Thursday, May 21. Dr. Fred K. Manasse, a child survivor of the Holocaust who witnessed the burning of his synagogue during Kristallnacht, will describe his wartime experiences. He was sent on a Kindertransport to Brussels where he was placed in an orphanage. He escaped to France and over the Pyrenees to Spain and eventually to New York.

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Polish city gets memorial to kids who fled Nazis

Posted on May 6, 2009

A monument was unveiled Wednesday in the Polish port city of Gdansk remembering 10,000 Jewish children evacuated to Britain to save them from the Nazis. The bronze memorial went up in front of the main train station in Gdansk, a city on the Baltic Sea coast that at the time was Danzig, a free city lost to Germany after World War I.

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A Child’s Perspective on the Holocaust, Then and Now

Posted on April 30, 2009

Though Sam Barriskell is nearly 70 years younger than Lilly Drukker, the 13-year-old was keenly aware that in a different time and place, her story could easily have been his. Drukker was only 11 when the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, and on Sunday, she held Barriskell and an intimate group of his peers rapt at attention as she related the story of her life under Nazi occupation before leaving Vienna and her family for London on a Kindertransport.

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Council leader’s family torn apart by Holocaust

Posted on April 28, 2009

My grandmother took my father to the platform, put him on a train and waved goodbye knowing it was likely to be the last time she would see her son,” said Rod Bluh. “That takes some kind of courage.” Rod is well-known throughout Swindon as the tough-talking leader of the borough council. Yet he tells the story of his grandmother and father with emotion in his voice and watery eyes. 0
66 2009-04-29 00:00:00 Unlikely Trio Uncover Tales of Wartime Rescues The feature documentary, The Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust” which is due out next year, documents the incredible stories of 12 non-Jewish diplomats from 11 countries, who, against the orders of their governments, helped save an estimated 200,000 European Jews during World War II. The three principals in the project came together last November at the 70th reunion in London of the Kindertransport.

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Charity should be part of everyday life, says ambassador

Posted on April 26, 2009

Everybody in Britain should give some of their time or their money to charity as a routine part of life, according to the “ambassador” appointed by Gordon Brown to promote philanthropy. Dame Stephanie Shirley, a Kind from Austria,who was given the job last week, said philanthropy should be part of everyday life.

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