[2015] Maggie Jolicouer: Kindertransport

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[2015] Maggie Jolicouer: Kindertransport

Last Kindertransport that departs from Germany, the day that Germany invades Poland

The origin of the Kindertransport program was a German volunteer group that worked to save imperiled children from the Holocaust. Some of these children included Jewish orphans, children from impoverished parents, and teens in concentration camps. The organizers prioritized the children’s rescue. Most of these survivors never knew who it was who truly saved them.

Most of the Kinder children survived the war. Some were even able to reunite with their parents, others remained with their foster families. In the end, a total of about 10,000 Jewish children were saved by the Kindertransport.

with their foster families. In the end, a total of about 10,000 Jewish children were saved by the Kindertransport.

Nov. 9-10,1938

Dec. 1, 1938

Dec. 10, 1938

Sept. 1, 1939

May 14, 1940

Out of the Ashes(Kindertransport 1938-1940)

Jewish Kinder children had to leave their parents behind. They are assembled and then taken to the nearest train station. Once they are at their destination, (in most cases, Great Britain) Kinder children with prearranged foster families met and Kinder children without prearranged foster families were temporarily sheltered at summer camps in Dovercourt, England. Children were able to send and receive letters from their parents up until the war started in 1939.

There were other acts that tried to help the Jewish children/adults. One example was the “American Rabbis”, they were a committee that helped Jewish people and rabbis reach safety, such as the U.S. Later on they marched in Washington demanding for the president to rescue the Jews from the Nazis. On the other hand, there was another project, from a Jewish agency, that was devoted to solely help Jewish children/young adults. They were able to save Jewish children from danger and harm from the holocaust and brought them to Palestine to be educated. An estimated 5,000 children and young adults were saved by this project.

The last known Kindertransport departs the Netherlands (Dutch army surrenders to Germany forces)

"I Have Lived a Thousand Years" by Livia Bitton-Jackson (born "Elli Friedmann") is a memoir about the author's holocaust experience. At 13 years old, Nazis forced Elli and her family into a Jewish ghetto and sent them to Auschwitz. About a year later, Elli, her mother, and her brother, Bubi, are liberated after daily torture and maltreatment at numerous concentration and labor camps. Elli along with her mother and brother resettle in America for a new beginning. As a result of reading this novel, we learned what Jewish people experienced and what they had to do in concentration/labor/death camps during the Holocaust and World War II.

For more info: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/kinder.html

"Behind Operation Kindertransport"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcL7YWDu3r4

For more info: http://www.kindertransport.org/

The first Kindertransport from Berlin, Germany departs

The first Kindertransport from Vienna, Austria departs

After Kristallnacht, the first violent antisemetic action by the Nazi Party, Jewish parents realize their children were in danger.

For more info: http://www.theholocaustexplained.org/ks3/responses-1933-1945/governments-respond-1933-1939/the-kindertransport/

"UK Kindertransport Survivors" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVnI0BjrFxs

I Have Lived a Thousand YearsSummary

Other Acts

End Result

Jewish Children Experience



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