Kindertransport Commemorative Cycle: Berlin to London 17-22 June 2018

Nick Gendler

For Ingrid Annette Morland, I'll be following the route of the first kindertransport - around 600 miles - in six days from Berlin to London

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Five days after Kristallnacht, mid-November 1938, a delegation appealed to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to allow the temporary admission of unaccompanied Jewish refugee children to the UK. Immigration restrictions were immediately lifted and the door was opened.

Various organisations were involved in the rescue operation, including the Central British Fund for German Jewry, now known as World Jewish Relief.

On December 2nd 1938 the first two hundred of just under 10,000 children arrived at Harwich. Many served this country during the war, and many remained in Britain after the war, making a significant contribution to the nation.

One of the early kinder was Ingrid Annette Morland, nee Harz, who was born in September 1933 in Wilmersdordf, Berlin. She left on a Kindertransport sometime in late 1938 or early 1939 and was then looked after by a family initially living in London, and then in Wrexham. Ingrid was reunited with her parents and baby sister who managed to gain entry into England just before outbreak of war. Ingrid is the mother of two and grandmother of seven.

WJR, to this day, works in support of refugees and the oppressed, not only Jews, and sadly the cases are no less tragic than they were during the time of the Nazis.

In early 2017 I had the idea of commemorating the 80th anniversary of the first Kindertransport with a bike ride following the route of the very first transport from Berlin to London. I was delighted when WJR agreed to take on the ride as one of its fundraising events for the year and it's been a pleasure working with them to bring it to life.

So in June I will be cycling with around forty others to remember the Kindertransport and to raise money for refugees, disaster relief and the many other important projects that WJR supports. I will be riding for Ingrid Morland.

Please help by making a contribution to my fundraising effort.

£2,552.00* raised so far

*This total does not include Gift Aid. Gift Aid will be added offline.

Goal £2,000.00

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  • Anonymous

    Just catching up on your daily cycling blogs ... hope the rest of the journey is as incredible.

    Nick B et al

  • Lyla Ward

    You are a star. Hope it all goes well

  • Stuart Clifton

  • Anonymous

    Nick - just great, as usual - Simon & Debbie

  • Sarah Miller

    So impressed with this project. Wish you and all the cyclists Kol Hakovod Love Sarah, Larry, Noah and Jacob (Shulman-Millers)

  • Helen Jackman

  • Adi Bloom

    Good luck! Just keep your faith in Google maps.

  • David Rosenfeld

    Best of luck.

  • Paul Harris

    Good luck. Amazing thing to do. Well done

  • Anonymous

    Terrific stuff Nick.

  • Veronica Kennard

    Great cause. Good luck with the ride. Veronica and David

  • Robert Owen

    Good luck!
    Robert and Daniella

  • simon samuels

    In lots of ways am very jealous of what you are doing, but in more ways am in true admiration. Best of luck and what an amazing way to remember. Simon

  • Jerry Bower

    Go for it Nick! Well done for coming up with this wonderful commemoration. Jerry

  • brian berelowitz

    proper challenge
    teriffic chap
    great cause

  • Anita Henry

    Safe travels for a great cause,
    Steven Henry

  • Monica Lanyado

    Great that you are doing this Nick. All the best to you and those riding with you. Warm wishes. Monica

  • Jonathan Polin

    All the best Nick. Remember to ride like the wind!

  • Simon Freeman

    Nick - a great cause and a mensch, what more is there to say - Simon & Debbie

  • Henry Clinton-Davis

    Best of luck Nick. Hope the ride really goes well.

  • susanna fox

    Wishing you the very best for this worthy cause. Susie and Richard

  • Lyla Ward

    all the best Nick!

  • Tess Alps

    Amazing undertaking. We bow to you, because - let's be honest - you won't be able to bow to us or anyone else for weeks after! Love from the 3 Ts. xxx

  • Richard Wolfe

    A worthy cause
    All best
    Richard & Georgia

  • Aboodi Shabi

  • Matty Mitford

  • Anonymous

    with best wishes

  • Rodney Brittan

    Good riding Nick!

  • Anonymous

    Nick, Best of luck with the ride and thank you.

  • Paul Misner

    A very good cause and keep those legs moving

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