Saved by the Kindertransport: Meet Two Inspiring Holocaust Survivors

Saved by the Kindertransport: Meet Two Inspiring Holocaust Survivors

Seventy-eight years ago this week, on December 2, 1938, the first Kindertransport left Germany. In the following months over 10,000 mostly Jewish children were saved from Nazi-occupied territories, because their parents were willing to separate from them.

In England they were placed in foster families, schools and shelters. British authorities agreed to grant visas; private citizens and organizations found guarantors for the children up to the age of 17. After the war, many of these children emigrated to the United States.

One of them was Esther Starobin.

“My sister Bertl doesn’t call herself a Holocaust survivor,” Starobin, 79, said in her cozy dining room in Maryland. “She says we weren’t in a camp. But you know what? I lost my parents. I lost my home. I was resettled without having a say in it. That seems to me as pretty much being a survivor.”

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Published in: The Forward

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