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May 2013 Journal

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Kindertransport 75th Anniversary

If you have not yet heard the wonderful news, it gives me great pleasure to inform you that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has kindly offered to host a Reception for the Kinder at St James’s Palace on Monday 24 June from 12 pm as part of our events to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Kindertransport.

Although there are a limited number of places for the lunchtime Reception and we wish to ensure that those Kinder who are coming to the Reunion on Sunday 23 June at JFS are given priority, it may now be possible for you to be accompanied to St James’s Palace by a close friend or relative should this be necessary. To obtain the application forms to attend the Reception at St James’s Palace and the Reunion at JFS, please email kt@ajr.org.uk or contact AJR Head Office on 020 8385 3070. The Palace has asked us to provide them with a final guest list no later than Friday 17 May 2013. Please ensure you reply in good time so that the Palace can send you an official invitation, without which you will not be able to attend.

We are also delighted to announce that the well-loved actress and comedienne Maureen Lipman and the Rt Hon David Miliband MP, the former Foreign Secretary, will be guest speakers at the Reunion, when JFS pupils will be performing a re-enactment of the debate in the House of Commons which precipitated our arrival. As previously announced, the JFS Choir will sing a selection of evocative songs and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg will lead a Service of Remembrance. The day will begin with registration at 1:30 pm and will end after a light supper at 7 pm.

The Symposium on the Kindertransport, organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London (LBI) in co-operation with the German Historical Institute London (GHIL), the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, and Aberystwyth University (School of European Languages), will be held on Tuesday 25 June at the GHIL. You can see a provisional programme for the day on our website at www.ajr.org.uk and details on booking can be obtained at info@leobaeck.co.uk

Please also encourage the children and grandchildren and nieces and nephews of AJR members to come along to a Special Reception between 6.30 and 9.30 pm on Monday 24 June for the Second and Third Generations. The focus of this event will be how their parents and grandparents arrived here, where they came from, and the various ways in which they travelled. There will be notable guest speakers and time to socialise and network, eat and drink, and meet old friends and make new ones. The venue is to be confirmed but please direct any queries to events@secondgeneration.org.uk or visit the websites www.secondgeneration.org.uk and www.kindertransport.org

Later in the year, on Wednesday 20 November, we are organising, with the help of Lord (Alf) Dubs, a special Tea in the Houses of Parliament to mark the debate held there on 21 November 1938 which paved the way for the arrival of the Kindertransport. There are only 50 places for the Tea so please book early by emailing kt@ajr.org.uk

To round off the year, World Jewish Relief, in conjunction with the AJR, will be organising a Memorial Service at Liverpool Street Station on Sunday 1 December. The Service recalls the arrival 75 years to the day of the first transport of children.

Sir Erich Reich

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