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Kindertransport Stories. The Viennese Jews remember the Kindertransports

When we speak about the Kindertransport, we refer to the rescue of approximately 10,000 Jewish children from Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom between 1938 and 1939.

From the moment of their arrival, the children struggled to maintain contact with their parents. At first, letters between parents and children flowed fairly easily, and many were filled with hopes and plans for reunion. The beginning of the war in 1939 meant the end of this dream. In addition, the German government restricted the delivery of mail to and from Jews, forcing parents and children to rely on intermediaries or the Red Cross. In 1942 many stopped receiving letters for reasons they could not understand until later.

About 1,000 German and Austrian teenagers served in the British armed forces, including combat units.

Most of the Kinder survived the war, but only few were reunited with parents who had either spent the war in hiding or survived the Nazi camps.


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