World Jewish Relief welcomes the announcement that child refugees who came to Britain on the Kindertransport will receive compensation payment from the German government. The announcement coincides with the 80th anniversary of the extraordinary rescue mission which saved the lives of almost 10,000 children from Nazi-Europe.
The Kindertransport Fund opened on 1st January 2019 and the application forms are now available by clicking here. The Claims Conference website also has details of criteria regarding who is eligible.
The fund is not only for Kinder who were sent to Britain, but includes the unaccompanied Jewish children sent to Sweden, Switzerland, France, the United States and Australia.
Kindertransport survivors who are eligible will receive a one-off payment of €2,500 - approximately £2,250. Even if they have previously received a compensation award they will still be able to be eligible for this payment and there is no income limit for applicants. The announcement comes after lengthy negotiations between the Claims Conference and the German government.
If you know someone who is a surviving Kind please let them know about this compensation payment. If you or a relative came on the Kindertransport and need documents relating to this, then we may have them in our archive.
Despite being a historic and important milestone, we recognise that no amount of money can compensate for the traumatic experience the children and their families endured. We are proud of the role we played, alongside other organisations, in helping bring the children to safety and the ongoing support, training and employment opportunities we provided them with as they established new lives in the UK.
The documents in our archive tell the stories of many of the refugees of all ages, who we helped bring to the UK throughout the 1930s and 40s. Please help us continue to spread the word about them.