Remembering & Rethinking: The international forum on the Kindertransport at 80

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Remembering & Rethinking: The international forum on the Kindertransport at 80

  • 15 Apr 2019 — 16 Apr 2019

The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), in partnership with the UK Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues, The Rt Hon. The Lord Pickles, will host Remembering & Rethinking: The international forum on the Kindertransport at 80 in London from 15-16 April 2019 to mark the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport. The forum will combine commemoration, learning and practical action in relation to contemporary refugee issues.



Two days: £60 / £40 with concessions (Students, AJR members)
Single day: £40 / £30 with concessions

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME (subject to change)

Monday 15th April

08.45 – 09:30  Registration and coffee

09.30 – 09.45  Welcome & introduction, Michael Newman, Chief Executive, The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR)

09.45 – 11.15  The Kindertransport in context – policy and memory (Chair: Alex Maws, AJR)

  • Teaching, Learning, and Remembering the Kindertransport,  Dr Andy Pearce, Centre for Holocaust Education, University College London
  • British policy and the immigration of unaccompanied refugee children, Dr Louise London, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck Colleg
  • Never look back? The History of Kindertransport Research and Commemoration, Dr Andrea Hammel, Aberystwyth University

11.15 – 11.30  Coffee break

11.30 – 12.15  In conversation, Hella Pick CBE, journalist (Interviewer: Dr Bea Lewkowicz, AJR)

12.15 – 13.15  The archival record of the Kindertransport (Chair: Michael Newman, AJR)

  • The Children’s Transports from Vienna, and the Children Left Behind, Professor Paul Weindling, Oxford Brookes University
  • Stories from the archives: uncovering the experiences of the Kindertransport children in World Jewish Relief’s documents, Debbie Cantor, World Jewish Relief
  • A New Life: The Experiences of Kindertransportees Settling in Britain as Shown in the Archives of The Wiener Library, Dr Barbara Warnock, Wiener Library

13.15 – 14.00  Lunch

14.00 – 14.15  Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Kindertransport, The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

14.15 – 14.45  Kinder in the AJR Refugee Voices Testimony Archive, Dr Bea Lewkowicz, AJR (Q&A moderator, Michael Newman, AJR)

14.45 – 15.30  Lesser-known histories, part 1 (Chair: TBC)

  • History Forgets Heroines: Marie Schmolka, a Key Player of International Refugee Help, Dr Anna Hajkova, University of Warwick
  • ‘From Hitler to Hi-de-Hi’? The role of the Dovercourt Holiday Camp in the first months of the Kindertransport, Mike Levy, Anglia Ruskin University

15.30 – 15.45  Coffee break

15.45 – 16.15  Preserving memory through education (Chair: Alex Maws, AJR)

  • Teaching about the Kindertransport in British schools, Clementine Smith, Holocaust Educational Trust
  • The ‘Virtual Journey’: Teaching about the Kindertransport using a digital learning resource, Louise Stafford, National Holocaust Centre and Museum

16.15 – 16.45  National cultures of remembrance (Chair: Michael Newman, AJR)

  • The legacy of the Kindertransport in Germany, Ambassador Michaela Küchler, German Foreign Office Special Representative for Relations with Jewish Organisations, Antisemitism, Antiziganism and Holocaust Remembrance
  • Britain’s responsibility to remember, The Rt Hon. The Lord Pickles, UK Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues

16.45 – 17.00  Day 1 wrap-up/summary, Dr Toby Simpson, Wiener Library

18.00 – 20.00  Reception at the Austrian Residence, 18 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PQ 

Tuesday 16th April

08.00 – 09.00  Breakfast meeting for the children and grandchildren of Kinder

08.45 – 09:00  Registration (for day-2 only attendees) and coffee

09.00 – 09.15  Welcome & introduction, Alex Maws, AJR

09.15 – 10.30  Lesser-known histories, part 2 (Chair: Dr Bea Lewkowicz, AJR)

  • Unravelling the story of Truus Wijsmuller, Pamela Sturhoofd & Jessica van Tijn, including Q&A with Rabbi Harry Jacobi
  • A filmmaker’s journey exploring the story of the last Kindertransport boat from Poland, Alan Reich, including Q&A with Sir Eric Reich

10.30 – 10.45  Coffee break

10.45 – 11.30  Kindertransport remembrance: Austrian and German perspectives (Chair: David Herman, AJR)

  • Passing on the memory of the Kindertransport stories: Museum zur Erinnerung‚ Für das Kind – a Project funded by the National Fund, Milli Segal, Kindertransport Museum, Vienna, and Hannah Lessing, The National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism
  • The German government’s expulsion of a generation from 1938-39,
  • Lisa Bechner, Kindertransport Organisation Deutschland

11.30 – 12.30  Intergenerational responses: the children of refugees (Chair: Danny Kalman, AJR Kindertransport Group)

  • ‘Visions of the Kindertransport’ (exhibition) and ‘My Knees Were Jumping; Remembering The Kindertransports’ (film), Melissa Hacker, Kindertransport Association (KTA)
  • ‘Kinder’ (film), Janet Eisenstein, Co-writer/Executive Producer
  • ‘Suitcase’ (theatre), Jane Merkin, Producer

12.30 – 13.00  Second generation: Mixing the personal and professional, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Kings College London (Q&A moderator: Gaby Glassman, AJR Trustee)

13.00 – 13.45  Lunch

13.45 – 14.15  Pursuing restitution for Kinder, Speaker TBC, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Q&A moderator: Michael Newman, AJR)

14.15 – 15.15  Roundtable discussion: The contemporary relevance of the Kindertransport (Chair: TBC)

  • Barbara Winton, Sir Nicholas Winton Memorial Trust
  • Eleanor Harrison, Safe Passage UK

15.15 – 15.30  Coffee break

15.30 – 16.15  If Not Now When? Kinder Voices and Today’s Global Refugee Crisis, Mark Hetfield, HIAS (Q&A moderator: Melissa Hacker, KTA)

16.15 – 16.45  Commemorating the Kindertransport at the UK’s new memorial and learning centre, Asa Bruno, Director, Ron Arad Architects Ltd. (Q&A moderator: Alex Maws: AJR)

16.45 – 17.00  Day 2 wrap-up/summary, Dr Gideon Reuveni, University of Sussex 


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