KIN­DER TREAT­MENT

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Many peo­ple have com­pared to­day’s Syr­ian hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis to the Kindertransport that res­cued about 10,000 Jewish chil­dren from Nazi-oc­cu­pied Europe in the pe­riod lead­ing up to the Sec­ond World War and the Holo­caust.

This is, how­ever, a lim­ited com­par­i­son. Ev­ery child on the Kindertransport was re­quired to have £50 for the re­turn jour­ney in the event that war was averted. Ev­ery child needed to have a spon­sor to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for each child’s wel­fare in the UK.

Chil­dren un­der the age of 17 were usu­ally ac­cepted on the Kindertransport , but no adults. Ev­ery child brought had to have the cor­rect ‘’pa­per­work’’, and Bri­tish civil ser­vants worked day and night with peo­ple like Rabbi Dr Solomon Schon­feld com­ply­ing with all gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions.

The sit­u­a­tion at present in Calais and across Europe is quite dif­fer­ent, with Isil say­ing that they will plant 50,000 ter­ror­ists in­side the Euro­pean Union to rise up when re­quired, and hun­dreds of thou­sands of ‘‘un­doc­u­mented’’ mi­grants try­ing to en­ter the UK and other coun­tries with­out reg­is­ter­ing or ap­ply­ing for­mally for asy­lum.

We should help in re­solv­ing the

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