Kindertransport archive coming soon
THE ASSOCIATION of Jewish Refugees is to create a historic archive about the children who came to Britain on the eve of the outbreak of the war, on the Kindertransport.
Kindertransport — a special-interest group of AJR, representing those who fled Nazi-controlled Austria, Czechoslovakia and Germany as children — intends to record details of lives and experiences of its members before, during and after the Second World War, and the fate of the family and friends they left behind.
A questionnaire being sent out will record historic events leading up to the Shoah, in addition to existing anecdotal evidence from the Kinder, as they are known. It is being sponsored by AJR.
It is hoped that the information gath- ered will improve researchers’ factual understanding of how the Kinder were affected and how they adapted to live in Britain, and that the project will also help them connect with each other.
Kindertransport chairman Hermann Hirschberger said it was “a vital project at a crucial time in the lives of the Kinder. The information we hope to gather will record for posterity the dislocation and upheaval the Kinder endured, as well as their achievements and contributions to Britain.”
AJR chairman Andrew Kaufman added: “We are privileged to support this project. The questionnaire will help create a historic archive about the lives of the youngest victims of Nazism.”