u3a - Kindertransport Memories

Read remarkable stories of the Kindertransport children: 10,000 - mostly Jewish - children who came to Britain to escape the threats of Nazi Germany. Leaving behind their homes and families, some would never see their parents again and all of their lives would change irrevocably.

To commemorate National Kindertransport Day 2021, we have been speaking with u3a members whose lives have been touched by the Kindertransport migrations of 1938/1939. With stories from the Kinder themselves, from the generations that followed and from the British hosts whose families took in these refugee children. 

 

The Kindertransport Refugees

Norman Freund

Norman Freund

Towcester u3a

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Renate Beigel

Renate Beigel

North Cotswold u3a

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Fred Stern

Fred Stern

Chorleywood u3a

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Ruth Hayter

Ruth Hayter

Brunswick West Hove u3a

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Ruth Parker

Ruth Parker

Wolverhampton u3a

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The Host Families

Helen Ruddock

Helen Ruddock

Little Hampton u3a

Family hosted Fanni Bogdanow

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Jacky Schiller

Jacky Schiller

Bushey u3a

Family hosted Susanne Kenton

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Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams

Crawley u3a

Family hosted Pieter Zadec

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Russell Cleaver

Russel Cleaver

Watford and District u3a

Family hosted Ruth Halova

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Children of the Kinder

Ruth Gwinnell

Ruth Gwinnell

Hullbridge u3a

Daughter of Walter Fulop

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Shira Sleight

Shira Sleight

Arun West u3a

Daughter of Elga Kitchener

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Sue Dickie

Sue Dickie

Shepway u3a

Daughter of Markus Goldberger

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Ian Goldsmith

Ian Goldsmith

Trust u3a

Son of Robert Goldschmidt

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Ruth Speirs

Ruth Speirs

Hounslow & Richmond u3as

Daughter of Ursula Rosenfeld

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Peter Kammerling

Peter Kammerling

Member of Ringmer u3a

Son of Walter & Herta Kammerling

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The Rescuers

Anna Cordon

Anna Cordon

East Suffolk u3a

Grandmother Dolly Thornycroft hosted children and helped bring many more to safety

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Jane MacKenzie

Jane MacKenzie

Shrewsbury u3a

Grandfather Alan Overton hosted & rescued over 250 children

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The Spouses

John Kary

Una Kary

Lymington u3a

Sharing John Kary's Story

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Rosalind Stuart

Rosalind Stuart

North London u3a

Sharing Geoffrey & Gerda's story

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Friends & Other Connections

Lawrence Collins & Harry Grenville

Lawrence Collins

Thorpe Bay u3a

Writing about Harry Grenville

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Lawrence Collins & Judy Benton

Lawrence Collins

Thorpe Bay u3a

Writing about Judy Benton

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Mick Oliver & Clement Atlee

Mick Oliver

Harrow u3a

Writing about Clement Atlee

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Mo Wright & Sir Nicholas Winton

Mo Wright

Maidenhead u3a

Writing about Sir Nicholas Winton

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