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Tue May 14, 2024, 08:54 PM May 14

(Jewish Group) 85th anniversary of the Kindertransport marked at Wigmore Hall concert

Kindertransportees received a standing ovation during a special commemorative concert held in London on Sunday evening, 85 years since the Kindertransport brought the youngest victims of Nazi terror to safety in Great Britain.

The packed-out concert was organised by the Association of Jewish Refugees and took place in historic Wigmore Hall, where the first fundraising concerts in support of Holocaust refugees and survivors were held, beginning in 1948.

Well-known actor Tom Conti, who recently portrayed renowned German-Jewish physicist Albert Einstein in the movie Oppenheimer, took on the role of the concert’s compere.

Conti said that as a son of an Italian immigrant father he had “some experience of what it was like to be an alien”, he said. “For the children of the Kindertransport – thrust into new life, in a strange land, without their parents – it must have been terrifying. That’s why I was honoured that the Association of Jewish Refugees approached me to present today’s concert. The Kinder represent strength and courage in the face of adversity and have an invaluable lesson to teach us all, about the perils of prejudice and discrimination.”


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Friend of my sister, her mother was part of the Kindertransport. applegrove May 15 #1


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1. Friend of my sister, her mother was part of the Kindertransport.
Wed May 15, 2024, 02:56 AM
May 15

Last edited Wed May 15, 2024, 03:51 AM - Edit history (1)

My sister's friend was part of a group that held a showing at a logical theater last week and then did a question and answer session after the film "One Life" about Nicholas Winton and all the hundreds of children he saved. Very sad. Live musicians played the score from the movie as we entered the theater. I was glad to see so many of those rescued kids got to be close friends of Winton after the story came out. Almost a dozen of the audience members at the theatre were descended from people Winton saved.

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