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

(c) The Association of Jewish Refugees


(c) The Association of Jewish Refugees

Lancaster House
Stable Yard
London SW1A 1BB

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