Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Kinderstransport

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kinderstransport the Jewish Museum of London will be exhibiting a range of works to share the stories of child refugees.

In 1938-39, the British government allowed 10,000 mostly Jewish children from occupied Europe to come to Britain, an operation that became known as Kinderstransport – German for children’s transport.

Now in their 80s and 90s, six of the Kinder have shared their personal experiences escaping persecution and violence, painful separations from family and the impact it has had on their lives.

These reflections will be screened at the exhibition, alongside a collection of possessions the refugee children brought with them from their homes.

There will also be two photographic exhibitions, Still in Our Hands: Kinder Life Portraits features photographs and portraits by Dr Bea Lewkowicz of former Kindertransortees interviewed by the AJR Refugee Voices Testimony Archive.

And in partnership with the British Red Cross, My Home and Me is an exhibition exploring the journey of young refugees arriving in Britain today.


“This exhibition showcases the historically significant decision made by the British Government to rescue innocent children from the terrors of war. It is a perfect example of the importance of standing together as a society and supporting those in need. The stories of past and current young refugees is a stark reminder that we need to continue to welcome people escaping persecution.”
Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Cabinet Member for Promoting Culture and Communities