Saving 10,000 Jewish children from the fate the Nazis had planned for them

Although the Nazis had been making life miserable for Jewish families in Germany since taking power in 1933, there had been no large scale attacks on Jews and their institutions. Until November 9th and 10th 1938—Reichspogromnacht, when scores of synagogues were burned, Jewish shops looted, and Jewish men were beaten and sent to concentration camps.


Austria had already been subsumed into the Reich; Czechoslovakia would soon fall. In every Jewish home in these three countries,  families desperately sought ways to get out—and if they couldn’t, at least to send their children away.


But who would take them? Where could they go?  

Click here to access the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s history of the Kindertransport


Centropa's multimedia films

based on Kindertransport interviews

"And then their letters stopped."

Lilli Tauber

A Suitcase Full Of Memories

Lilli Tauber grew up in a small town in Austria, Wiener Neustadt, where her parents tended the family store. Then came 9 November 1938--the pogrom known as Kristallnacht. Her father was arrested, Lilli was thrown out of school, and when her father was released, her parents got Lilli onto a kindertransport to England. From her refuge in Great Britain, Lilli wrote countless letters to her parents. And they wrote to her--not only from Vienna, but from a ghetto they were sent to in Poland. At war's end, Lilli returned to Vienna to look for them. Perhaps they too would return. But the letters Lilli found in a suitcase told a terrible, heartrending story. And then there were the pictures her father had sent back.

"For my mother, it was just too late..."

Kitty and Otto Suschny

Only A Couple Of Streets Away From Each Other

Kitty and Otto Suschny both grew up in Vienna, only a couple of streets away from each other, but they never met while growing up. After the Reichspogromnacht in November 1938, both fled Austria for their lives; Kitty went to England, while Otto emigrated to Palestine. After the war, they returned to Vienna, desperate to find out what had happened to their parents. That´s where they met, and they never separated again...

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on the Kindertransport

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