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Social Studies
World War II

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Before the devastating outbreak of WWII, a program, Kindertransport, was started to keep the Jewish children safe from the harmful camps and Hitler’s cruel ways of dividing and discriminating humans. Jewish children, from newborns to seventeen, began to be transported to Britain for a chance at a better life. Young children and adolescents came from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. Kindertransport saved about 10,000 minors, resulting in them being the only survivors in their families. Various organizations and volunteers helped the children to survive. This program first started to insure the Jewish religion would remain intact after the war. Many minors were put in homes, schools, hostels and farms. Jews, Quakers, and Christians all worked together to protect the younger generations from the harmful habits of Hitler and the Nazis. As Foreign Minister Samuel Hoare stated, “Here is a chance of taking the young generation of a great people, here is a chance of mitigating to some extend the terrible suffering of their parents and their friends”(Hoare, “Rising to the Moment”). Meaning, various people want to keep the Jewish beliefs alive for years to come and keep it hidden so they do not have to feel the pain that their ancestors did. Throughout the war, after few weeks of training, children were labored, once they were fourteen years of age. Various children were treated well, but some were abused and mistreated. Most minors never saw or heard from their parents or relatives after the war. Many were left unsheltered and devastated after the program stopped and shut down after the war. Numerous adolescents went to war to fight against the Nazis once they turned eighteen. Marion Charles, a nine year old member of Kindertransport spoke, “…My father stumbled and a lady fell. I stayed as strong as I could, I took one last look at my father as the platform receded, and prayed that I would see him and my mother again soon”(Chris Trueman, “Kindertransport”). Most minors had similar thoughts to Marion Charles but were all left distraught after they were thrown onto the streets after the war ended. Currently, there are living members of the Kindertransport. There is an association entitled, The Kindertransport Association (KTA) where they honor those who have past and who are still living members of Kindertransport. Moreover, they accept donations and raise money for children who are in need at this time. Kindertransport has kept the Jewish beliefs alive and provided thousands of innocent minds with homes to remain safe during the dangerous times of war.


Children of the Kindertransport program aboard the ship to Britian. Numerous children were transported to Britain all at once to ensure they were safe. Leaders wanted a safe environment for as many children possible.

Girls of Kindertransport going through customs to board the trains and boats. Queues of people waiting to board various transportation vechilces were rather long because the progrmas transporting children wanted to send as many minors as the could on one trip so the could insure many adolescents were safe.

Children on the train to Britain. Many minors seem upset because they were unaware of their future and where the train would lead them.

Children of Kindertransport were provided with an identification card. Minors names and information were changed in order to keep the safe.

"As soon as we found out [about the Kindertransport], my mother went to where the committee was and put my name down. She wouldn’t put my brother down because, she said, “I don’t want to lose both my sons on one day.' I’ll never forget the last words my mother said: “Will I ever see you again?' "

"...I came with another girl who was older than me. The only thing I remember about the journey is stopping at one point and people coming in and giving us a sweet drink. I don’t remember saying goodbye to my parents."

By: Kelsey Hallisey


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