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By Vera K. Fast

Within the months best as much as the outbreak of global warfare , Britain rushed to evacuate approximately 10,000 Jewish kids from the Nazi occupied territories. in the course of the unparalleled cooperation of non secular and governmental businesses, the Kindertransport spared hundreds of thousands of Jewish little ones from the fear of the 3rd Reich and supplied them with host households in Britain. Children’s Exodus deals an in-depth examine the folk and politics at the back of some of the chains of rescue in addition to the private narratives of the kids who left every thing in the back of within the desire of discovering defense. Drawing on unpublished interviews, journals, and articles, Vera okay. quickly examines the spiritual and political tensions that emerged through the migration and from time to time threatened to convey operations to a halt. Children’s Exodus captures the life-affirming tales of kid refugees with vibrant aspect and examines the motivations -- spiritual or differently -- of the folks that orchestrated one of many maximum rescue missions of all time. 

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On 26 May the Jewish Chronicle reported: the children are to be divided into three categories: (1) those for whom guarantors are willing to pay £50 [the newly imposed deposit to assist in the child’s ultimate re-emigration] – whose arrival is then expedited; (2) those specifically nominated by a committee or an individual who cannot pay the deposit. The case history is then sent to the Movement in Germany and if a report is received that the child is in danger, they will be brought over; (3) those whose names were sent by the agents of the Movement as being in danger or in desperate need.

Such was the experience of Rudi Lowenstein, who was picked up during Kristallnacht and then released. 43 Many Jews had been forced from their homes; many from wealthy families, now penniless Untermenschen, came to welcome a meal from a soup kitchen; children were stoned on their way to and from school. In some instances, even elderly Jews were made to scrub sidewalks and toilets with toothbrushes under the taunting vigilance of both guards and bystanders. The humiliations they suffered were incredibly degrading and the older children certainly understood the imperative to leave.

2 This commitment was honoured throughout the 1930s, even as the European situation worsened. There was to be no publicity related to the project. The minutes of the Liaison Committee of the High Commission of the League of Nations for the Refugees Coming from Germany stated, ‘there must be no reporting at all in the press, directly or indirectly. ’3 Such was the sense of uncertainty related to any influx of Jewish refugees. The Jewish community’s commitment was still in place when a new crisis developed after Kristallnacht.

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