The Kindertransport

Three Stories from Austria


When the city of Mozart and Beethoven became a city of murderers and beasts

In March of 1938, German troops rolled over the border into Austria and from that moment on, Jews throughout the country desperately looked for ways to get out.


Few doors were open to them, but the British government was willing to take unaccompanied children. Over a nine month period, from December, 1938 until August, 1939, thousands of Jewish children in Vienna were brought to stations by their parents and few of them would ever see each other again.

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"Our mother brought us to the Westbahnhof. I can remember, I still have this feeling very strongly within me. I knew very well back then: I am coming back!"

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"I only realized how courageous my parents were later, when I had children of my own. At the time I didn't even think of the possibility that I may not see them again."

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"My mother was supposed to follow, but then it was too late. In the last weeks before the war the English weren't letting any more in. She was deported to Maly Trostinec and was murdered there."