‘Kinder’ who fled the Nazis plan big reunion

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and historian Sir Martin Gilbert will address what could be the last major gathering of Kindertransport refugees to Britain.

November's event at JFS's Kenton premises marks the 70th anniversary of the Kindertransport and the Association of Jewish Refugees is hoping for a large turnout of former Kinder and their families.

In November 1938, the British government altered its refugee policy to allow entry to unaccompanied youngsters under the age of 17 fleeing the Nazis.

"We are celebrating one of the single most important decisions ever taken by the government," AJR Kindertransport committee chairman Erich Reich said. "Thanks to its intervention, some 10,000 children, myself included, were saved from certain death."

Esther Rantzen and Bertha Leverton, the founder of the Reunion of Kindertransport organisation, will also attend the event, at which Home Office Minister Tony McNulty will represent the government. For more information, ring the AJR on 020 8385 3070.

Last updated: 6:51pm, September 18 2008