Some of the Jewish children who were sent to England, just before the Holocaust began, are now out on the lecture circuit telling their stories. Today, I read the story of one of these children here.
This quote is from the news article, cited above:
Anne L. Fox was just 12 years old when she stood at the train station in Berlin awaiting the arrival of the Kindertransport that would take her to London — far away from the hatred, the unthinkable acts of the Nazis — and the only home she had ever known.
That day, Dec. 28, 1938, remains seared into her memory. With a small suitcase in hand, Fox held tight to her parents, Marta and Eugene Lehmann. In the wake of Kristallnacht — the name given to the night of anti-Semitic atrocities committed six weeks earlier — they registered her for this life-saving mission sponsored by the British government. Her best friend, a gentile girl named Dorit, was also there to say goodbye.
This quote, about the Kindertransport is from Wikipedia:
The Kindertransport (German for children transport) is a rescue mission that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig. The children were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. Often they were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust.
Let me see if I have this straight? The Nazis had a plan to exterminate all the Jews, preferably in gas chambers, but first they wanted to save 10,000 children who would live to grow up and have children and grandchildren, who would then make trips, 70 years later, to see the gas chambers and condemn the German people until the end of time.
I have written about the tours, made by students from Great Britain, several times on my blog: