Saving Jewish children in Europe

Kindertransport was the informal name of a program started in 1938 to rescue Jewish children from Nazi Germany.

First pushed by a group of Jewish and Quaker leaders, the program was adopted by the British government in a bill that “stated that the British government would waive certain immigration requirements so as to allow the entry into Great Britain of unaccompanied children ranging from infants up to the age of 17.”

When the program was announced to British citizens, around 500 households volunteered. 

Children who were selected for rescue would have to leave their families behind. Once in the UK, they would be housed in foster homes or in a camp. Which meant that for many of the kids that came, they would never see their parents again.

Close to 10,000 kids were saved over about nine months.

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