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Kindertransport

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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 ▸

  • Highlights of Jewish News: 5763 September 2002

    TEL AVIV — The trial of Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian militia leader accused of orchestrating terrorist attacks that left scores of Israelis dead, opens in a Tel Aviv court. MONTREAL Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancels a speech at Montreal’s Concordia University after pro-Palestinian rioters wreak havoc. Police fire tear gas as protesters throw… More ▸

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    A British man who saved 669 Czechoslovak children from the Nazis was given a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s Honors List. Nicholas Winton, 93, organized nine Kindertransport trains to bring the children from Prague to Britain in 1938-1939, but did not tell anyone about his activities for 50 years. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Detective Writer Explores Holocaust As Way to Deal with Her Family’s Past

    Fans of Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski detective novels are used to following Vic, the hard-edged but soft-hearted Chicago private investigator, unravel interlocking stories of white collar crime and corruption. While there’s plenty of crime and corruption in “Total Recall,” the V.I. Warshawski novel recently released in paperback, there’s also something new: the story of Lotty… More ▸