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?
Centropa's multimedia films based on Kindertransport interviews
"And then their letters stopped."
"For my mother, it was just too late."