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Kindertransport History Pack

Kindertransport history 'pack' for schools nationwide

An education 'pack' on the escape of 10,000 unaccompanied children of the Kindertransport in 1938 and 1939 was launched at Parliament Hill Secondary School, London, in the presence of members of the education press, teachers, pupils of the school who were using the pack, and representatives of the Kinder.

Sponsored by the AJR, the new publication, The Last Goodbye - the Rescue of Children from Nazi Europe, which is illustrated with the paintings of Holocaust artist Hans Jackson, was developed and is published by the Jewish Museum London. The pack was funded by KT-AJR and the AJR Charitable Trust. Bertha Leverton pledged her 80th birthday presents to the project, actively supported by the then KT-AJR's chairman, the late David Jedwab.

Ruth Anne Lenga, head of education at the Jewish Museum, outlined the scope and objectives of the publication, and the school's head of history, Jo Davey, said that her pupils had been eager to learn the Kindertransport story and to discuss its wider implications. KT-AJR Chairman Hermann Hirschberger and Kindertransport reunion founder Bertha Leverton recalled their emotions on being uprooted from their homes in Germany when they were children and their early experiences in Britain.

The publication contains information and details of activities to help young people learn more about the Kindertransport. It is designed to help teachers meet national curriculum requirements and raises opportunities to discuss responsibilities to people in need or seeking shelter. The pack also encourages discussion of the role refugees have played in developing and contributing to British society, and the children's attitudes to collective and personal identity.

Teachers and schools can purchase copies of the publication at £7.50 from:

The Jewish Museum
129-131 Albert Street
Camden Town
London NW1 7NB