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01 Jul 2013 - AJR reflects on Kindertransport events

AJR reflects on Kindertransport events

AJR reflects on Kindertransport events

We were deeply honoured to enjoy the generous hospitality of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at a fabulous reception at St James's Palace on Monday 24 June as part of a series of events this year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport.

AJR members, including several from overseas, were thrilled with the opportunity to meet and chat to Prince Charles and to continue the conversations they had at the Kindertransport reunion that took place at the JFS the day earlier when we were thrilled to welcome nearly 600 guests.

As part of the programme at JFS, guests heard from the former Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon David Miliband, whose parents were refugees from Nazi oppression, and the comedienne and actress Maureen Lipman, who starred in The Pianist. As part of the proceedings, JFS pupils performed a re-enactment of the debate in the House of Commons that precipitated the creation of the Kindertransport and the JFS choir sang a selection of evocative songs.

Guests also heard from Baroness Hanham, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and from the UK Envoy for Post Holocaust Issues, Sir Andrew Burns.

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, whose grandfather Dr Georg Salzberger was the Rabbi of the Westend Synagogue in Frankfurt am Main, the interior of which was destroyed on Kristallnacht, and Rev. Bernd Koschland, a member of the KT planning committee, led a service of remembrance and guests had the opportunity to view the Wiener Library's new exhibition, Child Refugees: Five Portraits from the Kindertransport.

Above all there was a unique opportunity for Kinder to socialise and renew acquaintances and to introduce old friends to their children and grandchildren.

To see pictures from the reunion click here and from the reception click here. To order copies of photographs taken at St James's Palace click here

We were also delighted to organise a special gathering on 20 November 2013 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the debate in Parliament that led to the creation of the Kindertransport. To read the full story, click here

To round off the year, we helped World Jewish Relief arrange a memorial service at Liverpool Street Station on Sunday 1 December, to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first transport of children on 2 December 1938.