Remembering the Kindertransport: 80 Years On

8 November 2018 - 24 March 2019

“What is my key message to future generations? Tolerance.”

- Elsa Shamash, Kindertransport refugee

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, discover the stories of six of the Kinder (child refugees) in their own words.

In 1938-39 the British government allowed 10,000 Jewish and other ‘non-Aryan’ children from occupied Europe to come to Britain. This remarkable rescue operation became known as the Kindertransport. Now in their 80s and 90s, the Kinder have given their testimony through the medium of film. You can also see personal objects and artefacts that they brought with them from their homelands.

As children they escaped violence and persecution, but went through painful separations, and their integration into British society was not always straightforward. This exhibition tells the story of rescue as well as stories of rupture, loss and regret.

Please enjoy a download of our full exhibition leaflet.

As part of the programming for this exhibition, the Jewish Museum London collaborated with the Weiner Library, the Pears Institue for the Study of Antisemitism and The Second Generation Network for an event. A podcast recording was made of the lecturers involved. Listen to it here.

Also on Display:

Still in Our Hands: Kinder Life Portraits is a photographic exhibition in our café featuring archival photographs and portraits by Dr Bea Lewkowicz of former Kindertransportees interviewed by the AJR Refugee Voices Testimony Archive. This exhibition represents each Kind today in a triptych of three photographs. In the centre we see a close-up of hands holding a ‘still’ photograph of the pre-displacement self, on the left we can see the original photograph, and on the right we can see the wider portrait of the Kind today holding the old photograph of themselves. This exhibition ends Friday 15 February.

My Home and Me, a photography exhibition in partnership with the British Red Cross, explores the journey of young refugees arriving in Britain today. This Takeover Day project, created by young people, reflects on what home means to them. This exhibition is on display in the auditorium – as this room is used for functions and schools, access may not always be possible.

Due to popularity, this exhibition has been extended to now close on 24 March 2019.

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We are grateful to our supporters:
The Association of Jewish Refugees
Heritage Lottery Fund
Sir Michael Moritz
Sybilla and Leo Friedler Charitable Trust
Arts Council England

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