The exhibition, Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War, illuminates the story of the Kindertransport (German for “Children’s Transport”), the astonishing rescue effort that brought approximately 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany to Great Britain and other countries, including Sweden, between 1938 and 1940.
This exhibition explores the difficult and often heartbreaking journeys through original artifacts and personal stories. It brings the Kindertransport to life by presenting objects that the children brought with them on their passage to England; letters between parents and children; new audio testimonies by survivors; and a series of dramatic stories that link the materials in the gallery to the broader context of the era.
The Minnesota debut of this exhibition will be accompanied by The Story is Here, featuring the stories of local families in the Midwest who were personally affected by the Kindertransport.
Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War was created and organized by Yeshiva University Museum and the Leo Baeck Institute, New York, and is being co-presented in Minnesota by the Greenberg Family Fund for Holocaust Awareness at Beth El Synagogue, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), and the American Swedish Institute (ASI). It was previously exhibited at the Center for Jewish History in New York and Holocaust Memorial Center in Michigan.
Registration required for all programs. Follow links for registration and payment info.
|July 22||Exhibit Opens: Kindertransport: Rescuing Children on the Brink of War||Exhibit opens to the public, through Oct. 31, 2021.|
|Babies at the Castle||Program for babies and caregivers. Tours are approximately 30 minutes plus 15 minutes of sensory play. Designed for babies up to 15 months.|
|Virtual Exhibition Tour 1||TBA|
7:00 – 8:30 PM
|From Stockbroker to Hero: The Story of Sir Nicholas Winton and the Kindertransport, as told by his son Nick Winton||In conjunction with the exhibit, Beth El Synagogue will host an evening with Nick Winton. Winton is the son of Sir Nicholas George Winton, a British humanitarian credited with organizing the escape of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War 2. What made 29-year-old Winton give up his skiing holiday to rescue these children from the Nazis and how did he do it? Winton’s son Nick will tell his father’s inspiring story about the life-changing events that transformed the destiny of so many.
Registration TBA. Email Liz Rappaport for more info.
|August 12, 19, 26
1:00 – 3:00 PM
|Handcraft Workshop||Knit the Green Sweater inspired by Krystyna Chiger’s Holocaust story. Students provide their own materials; please check your gauge in advance and come ready to cast on. Facilitated by Laura Ricketts.|
|Virtual Exhibition Tour 2||TBA|
|Afternoons at ASI: Jewish Museum Stockholm||Kindertransport in Sweden- objects and stories from the Jewish Museum in Stockholm.
|Virtual Exhibition Tour 3||TBA|
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
|Virtual Exhibition Tour 4||TBA|
|Afternoons at ASI: Jewish Museum Stockholm Virtual Museum Tour||Tour of the Jewish Museum Stockholm. The museum was recently converted from a synagogue.|
|Virtual Exhibition Tour 5||TBA|
Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival film: Kindertransports to Sweden by Gülseren Sengezer
|This documentary is the story of four Jewish children who were sent to Sweden in 1939 as part of a “kindertransport” (“child transport”), a way for parents to evacuate their children alone to escape the Nazi regime. Those now-elderly children still live with feelings of loss, loneliness, deracination, and guilt. Tens of thousands of children were evacuated on kindertransports, 500 of them to Sweden, and most of them never saw their parents again. Some 80 years later, survivors talk about a neglected chapter in the story of Jewish suffering. The subjects are valuable witnesses, branded by processing the horror, who will soon be silent forever.|
|October [TBA]||Afternoons at ASI: Child Separation and Refugee Crises from the Kindertransport to Today||TBA|
|Virtual Exhibition Tour 6||TBA|