Grandfather, 80, retraces his journey to freedom
“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