Polish City Erects Memorial to Kindertransport Children


kindertransportA monument was unveiled this past week in the Polish port city of Gdansk remembering 10,000 Jewish children evacuated to Britain to save them from the Nazis. The bronze memorial commemorating a program known as the Kindertransport shows five children with suitcases. It went up in front of the main train station in Gdansk, a city on the Baltic Sea coast that at the time was Danzig, a free city lost to Germany after World War I.The children were sent to foster homes in Britain after the Kristallnacht pogrom on Nov. 9, 1938, in which Jewish businesses were ransacked across Germany and about 30,000 Jewish men were rounded up. The children were saved from the Nazi ghettos and death camps, but most never saw their parents again.

The children came mainly from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Danzig.

The monument was designed by Frank Meisler, a sculptor who was himself on one of the transports and who has also designed Kindertransport monuments in Berlin and London.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}