Kindertransport Resources

By announcing the Kindertransport exhibit, many people came to us with new documents which are important to contribute to the display, but space did not permit to include them in the exhibition gallery. We therefore asked for permission to post materials on our website to enrich the exhibit on a virtual level:

A comprehensive report about the Kindertransport activities with several statistics about the first seven months of the rescue operation.

Report on Kindertransport July 1939

 

The Children

Marianne Mosevius was on the very first Kindertransport that left Germany on December 1, 1938. Here the London Times in a first report on December 3, 1938:

the story later turned out to be inaccurate in parts.

The Daily Herald reported on the same day:

the writer was the first foster parent of Marianne Mosevius who is the 15 year old mentioned in the article.

The press coverage was broad, here an article in the Yorkshire Evening Post from December 1:

And not only in UK, The Pittsburgh Press reported upon the first arrival as well:

As did the Bend Bulletin in Bend, Oregon, on December 1:

The_Bend_Bulletin_Thu__Dec_1__1938_ Kindertransport article

The following documentation includes a brief summary of the circumstances, translation of letters and files:

Excerpts from Marianne Mosevius Kindertansport letters & file, with introduction & notes (version of 12.09.2018)

and her first letter home written on December 2, 1938, here the German original:

Marianne Mosevius was able to preserve documents from Berlin and the various steps of her passage eventually coming to the United States:

Certificate of Family Origin

Testimonial from the Goldschmidt School in Berlin, November 28, 1938

Good Conduct Certificate

British Enemy Alien Card, obtained from the British National Archives.

See also her Kindertransport file from World Jewish Relief, as an example of the documentation which is usually not available.

Mosevius Marianne – Kindertransport File from WJR

 

Report Card, City of London School for Girls, March 30, 1939

Visa for USA, July 28, 1943

U.S. Alien Registration Booklet

 

 

Diary “Twice a Refugee” by Ruth Haas

written by 13 year old Ruth Haas who had come at age 11 1/2 from Berlin to Hull on Kindertransport. She reunited with her parents and sister in 1945 who had come in Brooklyn, NY, in 1941.

 

Not all children were carrying passports. Here one example which shows what stamps and permissions were needed, the date of passport issue, the currency restrictions, exit from Germany and entry to the United Kingdom.

Joachim Pinczower’s passport

Letters to Joachim Pinczower and his younger brother Henry from their parents, Dr. Erich und Herta Pinczower, May till August of 1939

my beloved boys letters

 

Alongside Kindertransport, there were other rescue efforts for children:

In the United States, rescue efforts by the government failed, but private initiatives did manage to bring children to the US.

At the OTC website on YIVO  (https://onethousandchildren.yivo.org) you will find a complete list of references and resources  including the three books that are core references for this history:

The first ever book of first person accounts of OTC children and rescuers and second generation OTC

The most complete and important book containing the history of the OTC rescues and why America did not save more children.

The first book published about the person at the center of the 12-year “network of cooperation” that rescued over 1,200 unaccompanied children from Europe between 1934 and 1945.

Dr. Judith Baumel-Schwartz’s book based on her extensive research is the authoritative and most complete source on this subject.

 

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