Panel and Workshop: Kindertransport Conference 2015
In the months between the Kristallnacht Pogrom of November 9-10, 1938, and the start of World War II, nearly 10,000 children were sent, without their parents, out of Nazi Germany, Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia to safety in Great Britain. These children were saved by the Kindertransport rescue movement.
The Kindertransport Association (KTA) is a not-for-profit organization that unites these child Holocaust refugees and their descendants. The KTA shares their stories, honors those who made the Kindertransport possible, and supports charitable work that aids children in need.
The 2015 KTA Conference, Generations Together: Our Heritage and the Future, brings together survivors, their families and historians for a number of panel discussions, workshops and talks.
Current Kindertransport Research
Lilly Maier, Sky Bergman, David and Paul Ehrlmann, Karen Franklin, Michele Gold
The History of the Kindertransport and its Memory
The workshop starts with an one hour presentation about the Kindertransport itself. Questions that will be answered include: What were the circumstances that led to the Kindertransport? How were the Kinder selected? Where did the Kinder live? What changed after war broke out? Did the Kinder meet their parents again? Following the presentation, we will discuss how the Kindertransport is being remembered today (for example in statues, museums, theater and film) and how we ourselves remember our families’ histories.
Lilly Maier is a historian and journalist. Her thesis “Life after the Kindertransport”– for which she interviewed Kinder all over the United States – was awarded with the University of Munich’s Prize for Outstanding Student Research and will be published in 2016. Maier also works at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.
KTA Conference 2015
Generations Together: Our Heritage and the Future
October 9-11, 2015
The Westin Southfield & The Holocaust Memorial Center, Michigan