Holocaust Museum LA Commemorates Historic 1938 Kindertransport Rescue Mission That Saved Thousands of Jewish Children

Museum Will Host Virtual Panel Discussion with Kindertransport Survivor in Addition to Special Viewing of Kindertransport Artifacts from Museum Archives

Holocaust Museum LA presents a special virtual commemoration of World Kindertransport Day, Tuesday, December 1 at 11:00 AM, marking the 82nd anniversary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport in Great Britain.

Kindertransport (Children’s Transport) was a rescue mission that allowed approximately 10,000 Jewish refugee children to escape from Nazi-occupied territory to Great Britain and other countries between 1938 and 1939. 

The first Kindertransport train left a Berlin station with approximately 200 children in December 1938. Often, these children were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust.

Participants in the commemoration will include Paul Kester, who traveled from Germany to Sweden on a Kindertransport in 1939; Barbara Winton, daughter of humanitarian and rescuer Sir Nicholas Winton, (who died in 2015 at the age of 106), and Michele Gold, museum board chair and daughter of Kindertransport survivor Rita Berwald. Gold is the author of “Memories That Won’t Go Away: A Tribute to the Children of the Kindertransport.”

In addition, on December 15 at 4:00 PM, the museum’s virtual series, “Inside the (Acid-Free) Box” will explore artifacts from the Kindertransport. Museum vice president of education & exhibits, Jordanna Gessler, and collection manager, Christie Jovanovic, will guide viewers through a deeper look at the history of the Kindertransport and the heart wrenching stories of these courageous children.

A donation of $10 is suggested. For more information and to register, visit:  https://www.holocaustmuseumla.org/event-details/world-kindertransport-day-commemoration

A minimum $12 is required for “Inside the (Acid-Free) Box. For more information and to register:  https://www.holocaustmuseumla.org/event-details/inside-the-acid-free-box-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-stories-from-the-kindertransport

About Holocaust Museum LA
Holocaust Museum LA is the first survivor-founded Holocaust museum in the United States. Since 1961, the museum has provided free Holocaust education to students and visitors from across Los Angeles, the United States and the world, fulfilling the mission of the founding Holocaust survivors to commemorate, educate and inspire. The museum is open seven days a week; and because the founding survivors insisted that no visitors ever be turned away from learning about the Holocaust for lack of an entry fee, museum admission is always free.

On Oct. 14, 2010, Holocaust Museum LA opened the doors to its permanent home in Pan Pacific Park. The museum building, designed by acclaimed architect Hagy Belzberg, has received many architectural awards, including LEED Gold Certification, AIA Awards for Architecture and Interior Architecture, the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission Design Honor Award and the Green Building Design Award.  holocaustmuseumla.org/