The Leo Baeck Institute London is happy to announce a symposium under the title ‘Forward from the Past’ The Kindertransport from a Contemporary Perspective to be held on the occasion of the 75 anniversary of the Kindertransport, to commemorate this historical event and to explore its fascinating aftermath.


Forward from the Past:

The Kindertransport from a Contemporary Perspective


25 June 2013, German Historical Institute London


This conference examines the Kindertransport to Britain 1938/1939. The four panels will focus on newly developed research, including the Kindertransport in British historiography, the Kindertransport experience after 1945; the issue of contemporary memorialization of the Kindertransport, and the Second-generation perspective of the Kindertransport The conference will shed new insights into the 20th century Kindertransport phenomenon.


 Conference organisers: The Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute, Aberystwyth University and the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, University of London.



Conference  Programme


9.00-9.30 Welcome

9.30-11.00 The Kindertransport in British Historiography (chair: Raphael Gross, LBI)

Tony Kushner (University of Southampton): The Battle of Britishness: The Kinder’s Perfect Journeys

Rose Holmes (University of Sussex): Quakers and the Kindertransport: The Neglect of the Voluntary Tradition

Jennifer Craig-Norton (University of Southampton): The Historiography’s Missing Pieces: What the Letters of Carers reveal

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-13.00 New Research on the Kindertransport Experience after 1945 (chair: Andreas Gestrich, GHI)

Elizabeth Heineman (University of Iowa): Kindertransport: Family Aftermaths

Bea Lewkowicz (IGRS, University of London): The Refugee Voices Archive and the Kindertransport

Andrea Hammel (Aberystwyth University): Kindertransportees: Writing their own History

13.00-14.30 Lunch (own arrangement)

14.30-16.00 The Second Generation Experience (chair: Bea Lewkowicz, IGRS, University of London)

Panel Discussion with Karen Goodman, Melissa Rosenbaum, Melissa Hacker and Debbie Levy (tbc)

16.00-16.30 Tea

16.30-18.00 Memorialization of the Kindertransport (chair: Daniel Wildmann LBI/Queen Mary, University of London)

Nathan Abrams (Bangor University): The Kindertransport in Film

Suzanne Bardgett (Imperial War Museum, London): The researching of the Kindertransport story for the Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum

Rüdiger Goerner (Queen Mary, University of London): The Kindertransport in Literature (tbc)



Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, LondonWC1A 2NJ

Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email or phone 020 7882 5690).

 Underground: Holborn,Russell Square; Bus: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 98, 134, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243, 521, X68 


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