Kin­der­trans­port ar­chive com­ing soon

The Jewish Chronicle - - HOME NEWS - BY RACHEL FLETCHER

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.”

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