Kin­der­trans­port plaque reded­i­cated

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A PLAQUE in Par­lia­ment ex­press­ing grat­i­tude to Bri­tain for ac­cept­ing Kin­der­trans­port refugees was reded­i­cated on HMD in the pres­ence of newly ar­rived child refugees.

It was orig­i­nally do­nated 20 years ago by the Com­mit­tee of the Re­union of the Kin­der­trans­port and among po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious per­son­al­i­ties at last Fri­day’s cer­e­mony was Lord Dubs, one of the Kin­der­trans­port chil­dren.

“I ar­rived in this coun­try in 1939 as an un­ac­com­pa­nied child refugee, one of 10,000 chil­dren res­cued by the Kin­der­trans­port,” he re­called. “I would not be here now were it not for Bri­tain’s of­fer to help when other coun­tries would not.

“Today, as some coun­tries are build­ing walls and clos­ing doors to refugees, Bri­tain must con­tinue its proud legacy of help­ing those flee­ing con­flict and per­se­cu­tion and re­dou­ble our ef­forts to help thou­sands, not hun­dreds, of child refugees in Greece and Italy as well as France.”

The new refugees at the cer­e­mony were re­united with their fam­i­lies from Calais last year by Safe Pas­sage, a Cit­i­zens UK project.

PHOTO: EL­LIOTT FRANKS

John Ber­cow and the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury at the event

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