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  • Prince Charles recalls Kindertransport

    It was one of Britain’s finest hours. On the eve of World War II, the British Parliament passed legislation enabling thousands of Jewish children to escape the horrors that would close in on their families in Germany, Poland and elsewhere. Prince Charles marked the 70th anniversary of what became known as the Kindertransport, recalling that… More ▸

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    A new memorial dedicated to the 10,000 Jewish children spirited out of Nazi Germany to Britain 70 years ago will be unveiled in Berlin. Designed by artist and eyewitness Frank Meisler, the sculpture depicts children about to board a train as part of the “Kindertransport,” which is how Meisler himself survived. Many of those children… More ▸

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    Erica Jesselson, a major philanthropist for Jewish causes, died at 86. Jesselson died Wednesday at her home in New York City. Born in Vienna in 1922, she escaped to England on the Kindertransport. Jesselson and her late husband, Ludwig, were major benefactors of Yeshiva University in New York City, founding and endowing the university museum…. More ▸

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    A new sculpture by a Jewish wartime child refugee was unveiled this week at one of London’s busiest train stations. Frank Meisler’s sculpture commemorates the Kindertransport, the 1939 trains that transported Jewish children to safety in London from Nazi-occupied Central and Eastern Europe. More ▸

  • Taking a Break from World Cup, Soccer Fans Visit Dachau Memorial

    Taking a break from the World Cup soccer tournament under way in Germany, an international group of soccer fans visited the former Dachau concentration camp to make a statement about hate. Wearing their team shirts, some 150 non-Jewish sports fans from Great Britain, Germany and Poland visited the Dachau memorial outside Munich last Friday in… More ▸

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    Franzi Groszmann, believed to be one of the last survivors among the parents who helped their children escape Nazism by putting their children on the Kindertransport, died. Groszmann, who died Sept. 20, was 100. Groszmann sent her daughter, Lore, on a train from Vienna to London in the late 1930s. More ▸

  • In Bosnia, a Philanthropist’s Gift Provides Work, Promotes Tolerance

    Bojana Vukotic looks up from her computer and for the first time in her 28 years has a conversation in English, a language she learned from watching movies. A bright woman with short hair, Vukotic describes her life at a unique print shop operation designed to help disabled people like herself conduct their lives in… More ▸

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    A U.S.-based Holocaust survivor was honored for his philanthropy to Czech causes. Alfred Bader, an 80-year-old Vienna-born philanthropist living in Milwaukee, was given the Via Bona Honorary Award for outstanding giving to the nonprofit sector Tuesday in Prague. Bader fled Vienna at 14 on a kindertransport train for London in 1938 and lost his family… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Returning to Berlin, Survivor Finds Closure in a Changed City

    Ilona Blech remembers little from her childhood in Berlin: a teacher, an Orthodox synagogue, her parents’ clothing store. And she remembers Kristallnacht, the night in 1938 when Nazis destroyed synagogues and Jewish property across Germany. Mostly, though, her impressions of the period are amorphous. So recently, Blech, 76, who lives with her 78-year-old husband, Samuel,… More ▸

  • As Belzec Death Camp Memorial Opens, Poles Pay Respect and Jews Remember

    Norbert Dikales, 75, walked down a pathway that goes 30 feet below ground and descended into a nightmare. For the first time in his life this week, Dikales, of Bethesda, Md., was visiting the notorious Belzec death camp in Poland, where his parents and most of his family were killed. They were among an estimated… More ▸