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Kindertransport Memorial Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 6992

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials on remembrances of the Kindertransport. Materials include correspondence, handwritten notes, memorial programs, the text of a speech by Gerhard Schroeder, membership directories, annual reports, synopses and advertisements for publications and films on the Kindertransport, and materials from a 1999 reunion in London of individuals who were part of the Kindertransport including a full reunion booklet containing lists of attendees. The collection as a whole is very small; it contains only about one to ten individual items on each organization, event, or film covered.

Dates

  • 1987-2005

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Historical Note

The term Kindertransport is used to refer to organized efforts to rescue Jewish children from Nazi persecution.

Following Kristallnacht in November of 1938, the British government—spurred on by organizations like the British Committee for the Jews of Germany and many other religious and charitable organizations—relaxed immigration restrictions to allow unaccompanied Jewish children under the age of 17 from Germany and German-occupied areas to enter the country on temporary visas. Children were sent to live with foster families or in schools or hostels under the assumption that they would eventually be reunited with their parents. The first Kindertransport left Germany for England in December of 1938, and further transports ran until September 1939 when World War II began. Children continued to be sent to England from the Netherlands until May 1940.

While the majority of Kindertransport operations brought children to England, similar efforts were carried out in Palestine and, to a lesser extent, the United States.

References

Edelheit, Abraham J. and Hershel Edelheit. "Kindertransporte." History of the Holocaust: A Handbook and Dictionary. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1994.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "Kindertransport, 1938-1940. Holocaust Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23 May 2013 from http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005260

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains materials on remembrances of the Kindertransport. Materials include correspondence, handwritten notes, memorial programs, the text of a speech by Gerhard Schroeder, membership directories, annual reports, synopses and advertisements for publications and films on the Kindertransport, and materials from a 1999 reunion of individuals who were part of the Kindertransport.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by the organization, film, or event to which they relate and ordered alphabetically.

Related Material

Several collections containing primary materials from the Kindertransport can be found at the LBI Archives. A few examples of these collections include:
The LBI Library and YIVO Library hold many publications on the Kindertransport and other organized efforts to rescue children from Nazi persecution. The LBI Library holds a copy of Don’t Wave Goodbye, edited by Iris Posner and Philip Jason and mentioned in materials in this collection.

Separated Material

An audio cassette tape containing a 1990 interview of Greta Wortmann was removed to the LBI A/V Collection. Clippings about Kindertransport memorials and a packet of press clippings for the film Into the Arms of Strangers were removed to the LBI Clippings Collection: AR 6992 C.

Processing Information

Duplicates were removed.
Title
Guide to the Kindertransport Memorial Collection 1987-2005 AR 6992
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Leanora Lange
Date
© 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Made possible by the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support "Illuminating Hidden Collections at the Center for Jewish History."

Revision Statements

  • March 31, 2015 : dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
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New York NY 10011 United States