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  1. Date/Time

  2. Location

    Deutsches Haus at NYU

    42 Washington Mews
    New York, NY 10003

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    Members: Free; RSVP
    Non-members: Free; RSVP

The Kindertransport is a remarkable story to arise out of the horrors of the Holocaust. In this lecture, Lilly Maier will highlight the history and long-term effects of these children’s transports.

Over 10,000 mostly Jewish children could be rescued by these transports, because their parents were willing to separate from their daughters and sons. From Nazi Germany, Austria, Poland, and Czechoslovakia these children—aged two to 16—were brought to safety in Great Britain and France starting in December 1938. Many of them later emigrated to the United States. The Kindertransport saved these children, but it also had very distinctive and often traumatic long-term effects on their later lives. The forced separation from their parents and the complete uprooting from their childhood lives did leave emotional scars. Despite all this, most of the survivors overcame their trauma and lived very successful lives. Today, these survivors call themselves Kinder (“children”) as a reference to their background and the unique rescue effort that saved them. This lecture is based on dozens of interviews with such Kinder all over the United States.

Lilly Maier is a Fulbright scholar, historian, and journalist. At NYU, she is a graduate student in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism School. She previously studied history at the University of Munich, where her thesis—the basis for this talk—was awarded with the university’s “Prize for Outstanding Student Research.” Maier has published several articles on the long term effects of the Kindertransport and recently presented her research at the “Kindertransport Association Conference” in Detroit. Maier has written for a number of American magazines and newspapers, including The Forward, PolitiFact.com, and the Columbus Dispatch. She has also worked as a lecturer at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Currently she is working on the biography of Arthur Kern, a Holocaust survivor who used to live in the same Viennese apartment that she grew up in, and who was saved on a Kindertransport to France.

The LBI presents this lecture together with Deutsches Haus at New York University.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free of charge. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. Space at Deutsches Haus is limited; please arrive ten minutes prior to the event. Thank you!