Guide to the Kindertransport Memorial Collection
1987-2005

AR 6992

Processed by Leanora Lange

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Leanora Lange in May 2013. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Leo Baeck Institute
Title: Kindertransport Memorial Collection
Dates:1987-2005
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.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet
Identification: AR 6992
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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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

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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.

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Arrangement

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

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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Access Points

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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.

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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.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Kindertransport Memorial Collection; AR 6992; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

Duplicates were removed.

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Container List

 

Kindertransport Memorial Collection, 1987-2005

In English.
0.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Materials were arranged by the organization, film, or event to which they relate and ordered alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains materials on remembrances of the Kindertransport that took place from the late 1980s through the early 2000s. The collection is constructed from several donations relating to the topic the Kindertransport memorials and reunions. 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.

Materials from the Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief consist of an annual report from 1987 and the introduction to a microfilm series titled “Archives” from 1988. A synopsis of the film Into the Arms of Strangers is included as well as screening announcements and an email containing the text of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s speech given at a screening of the film in 2000.

Items from One Thousand Children include information about the organization and printed email correspondence. Materials from other memorials include handwritten notes and the program of the 1996 Holocaust Memorial Day Observance of the Jewish Communities of Brownstone Brooklyn.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief 1987-1988
1 2 Into the Arms of Strangers 2000-2001
1 3 Kindertransport Association (KTA) and Reunion of Kindertransport (RoK) 1995-1999
1 4 One Thousand Children undated, 2002-2005
1 5 Other memorials undated, 1996
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