On Sunday the 3rd of December 2023, World Jewish Relief and The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) held a special service at Liverpool Street Station to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Kindertransport.
Between November 1938 and September 1939, the Kindertransport saved the lives of approximately 10,000 children, primarily of Jewish descent, escaping Nazi terror and persecution. These children are now affectionately known as the ‘Kinder’.
World Jewish Relief played a critical role in the Kindertransport, in lobbying for, bringing over, and caring for the unaccompanied Jewish children who arrived here.
Chief Rabbi Mirvis led the service, which took place in front of the Kindertransport statue sculpted by Frank Meisler, a Kinder himself. Liverpool Street Station was the arrival point for many of the rescued children. Over one hundred and fifty guests gathered, with many Kinder and their families, to honour those involved in making it happen.
The ceremony involved a truly moving testimony from one of the Kinder refugees, Alexandra Greensted, who arrived in Britain as an unaccompanied 7-year-old from Prague in 1939.