Reunion of the Kindertransporte: 50th anniversary papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Press cuttings regarding the 50th anniversary Reunion of the Kindertransporte, 1989. Also including memoirs of people transported by the Kindertransporte and administrative papers relating to the organisation of the 50th anniversary event.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Reunion of the Kindertransporte (ROK) was an organisation that facilitated reunions and communication between former child survivors of Nazi persecution who managed to escape Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia via organised transports for mainly Jewish children prior to the outbreak of Germany's invasion of Poland. The genesis of the group began as an idea by Bertha Leverton - a 'Kind' herself - to organise a reunion in 1989, marking 50 years since the arrival of the first Kindertransport to Britain.

The 50th anniversary of the Kindertransports was held in Jun, 1989 in Harwich, England, site of the reception centre where boats carrying the children from the Hook of Holland first reached Britain. Although no precise statistical records exist in this collection, the reunion was attended by hundreds of Kinder from various countries, though mainly from the US, Israel, and Britain. The event received enormous media attention and launched the story of the Kindertransports into public consciousness on an international scale.

Arrangement

N/A

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Acquisition Information

Bertha Leverton

Other Finding Aids

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue www.wienerlibrary.co.uk.

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

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