Hundreds of refugees from Nazism are preparing to gather in London this weekend for a reunion marking 75 years since their arrival in Britain on the Kindertransport.
The one-time refugees and their families will descend on JFS on Sunday for the event, organised by the Association of Jewish Refugees. It will be addressed by actress Maureen Lipman, who starred in The Pianist, and former Foreign Secretary David Miliband, whose father was a refugee from Nazi oppression. JFS pupils will be performing a re-enactment of the debate in the House of Commons on 21 November 1938 on refugee policy that was followed by permission being granted for 10,000 unaccompanied children under 17 to come into Britain. The following day, Prince Charles will host a reception for Kindertransport refugees at St. James’ Palace.
AJR-Kindertransport Chairman Sir Erich Reich said: “It is a great honour to be invited by His Royal Highness and a wonderful recognition of the high esteem in which he holds the Kinder. The reception at St James’s Palace will be part of an historic three days of events for the Kinder and our families from around the world to socialise, renew acquaintances and share their experiences. I look forward to meeting Kinder and their families at all these very special occasions as we commemorate one of the greatest rescue missions of the 20th century, give thanks to the British government and help create the legacy of the Kindertransport.”