Liverpool Street service recalls rescue mission
The night before the main Kindertransport reunion, World Jewish Relief held a commemorative event at Liverpool Street station - the point of entry for the Kinder.
Guests including Board of Deputies president Henry Grunwald joined 150 Kinder for a service led by Rabbi Barry Marcus, followed by a reception at Bevis Marks Synagogue.
WJR was formerly the Central British Fund for German Jewry (CBF), which was largely responsible for the Kindertransport rescue operation. The charity's vice-chairman, Linda Rosenblatt, paid tribute to the vision of the CBF leaders who "understood the urgency and the tasks facing them so many years ago".
Thanks were also due to "the British government for listening; to the legion of volunteers who made the Kindertransports possible and, importantly, to those families who took care of the children on arrival."
Second and third generation relatives of Kinder lit candles by the 16 plaques around Frank Meisler's Kindertransport sculpture at Liverpool Street. The plaques record the 16 cities the child refugees had originated from.