Grand­fa­ther, 80, re­traces his jour­ney to free­dom

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY EL­LIE JA­COBS

“I’M DO­ING this to hon­our my par­ents”, said Paul Alexan­der, who was one of the youngest chil­dren saved from the Nazis by the Kin­der­trans­port. He started to cry: “What my mother did was quite in­cred­i­ble.”

The 80-year-old will be among 42 cy­clists rid­ing 600 miles from Ber­lin to Lon­don in an event or­gan­ised by World Jewish Re­lief to mark eight decades since the ef­fort to take nearly 10,000 mostly Jewish chil­dren to Bri­tain on the eve of war.

Mr Alexan­der was 19 months old when his mother Eva Minikes put her only child on the train from Leipzig. He ar­rived in Bri­tain on July 14, 1939.

Speak­ing from his home in Is­rael, Mr Alexan­der called her de­ci­sion an “ab­so­lutely amaz­ing thing”. He was re­united with his par­ents — who had them­selves es­caped Ber­lin — in 1943, when they were evac­u­ated to es­cape the bomb­ing in Lon­don. “It was only then we started liv­ing a nor­mal fam­ily life,” he said.

He de­scribed next week’s cy­cle ride, as “a very ex­cit­ing and very emo­tional ad­ven­ture. It’s quite awe­some, ab­so­lutely unique,” adding: “Please God, I’ll get through it ok.”

Paul Alexan­der with his grand­son, Daniel, 14, who will join him on the ride

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