While every student in America learns about World War II, not many people remember the Kindertransport. Not many know that in 1938, as the Nazi rise to power began to spell a darker and darker fate for Jews, thousands of Jewish children from Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Austria left their homes on the Kindertransport and went to live in England.
In 1938 and 1939, 10,000 Jewish children living in Nazi occupied countries were permitted to leave their homes, via the Kindertransport, in order to find safe haven in England just prior to the outbreak of World War II. They were forced to leave behind their parents, their homes, and everything they knew and loved; most of them would never see their mothers and fathers again. Anne Lehmann Fox was one of those 10,000 children. She left on the Kindertransport in December of 1938, when she was just 12 years old. Years later, she would record her experiences in the book entitled, My Heart in a Suitcase. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Free Outreach available for schools from the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Suitable for grades 4-8
Curriculum connections: Family Relationships, Historical, Literature-Based, Values-Based Emotional/Social Development: Perception, Stereotypes, Religion, Abuse, Racism and Tolerance, Compassion and Generosity and Responsible Social Media Use.
Based on the book, “My Heart in a Suitcase.” Written by Anne Lehmann Fox
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