Kindertransport Resources

By announcing the Kindertransport exhibit, many people came to us with new documents which are important to contribute to the display, but space did not permit to include them in the exhibition gallery. We therefore asked for permission to post materials on our website to enrich the exhibit on a virtual level:

Report on Kindertransport July 1939

A comprehensive report about the Kindertransport activities with several statistics about the first seven months of the rescue operation.

Diary “Twice a Refugee” by Ruth Haas

written by 13 year old Ruth Haas who had come at age 11 1/2 from Berlin to Hull on Kindertransport. She reunited with her parents and sister in 1945 who had come in Brooklyn, NY, in 1941.

Joachim Pinczower’s passport

Not all children were carrying passports. Here one example which shows what stamps and permissions were needed, the date of passport issue, the currency restrictions, exit from Germany and entry to the United Kingdom.


Alongside Kindertransport, there were other rescue efforts for children:

In the United States, rescue efforts by the government failed, but private initiatives did manage to bring children to the US.

At the OTC website on YIVO  ( you will find a complete list of references and resources  including the three books that are core references for this history:

The first ever book of first person accounts of OTC children and rescuers and second generation OTC

The most complete and important book containing the history of the OTC rescues and why America did not save more children.

The first book published about the person at the center of the 12-year “network of cooperation” that rescued over 1,200 unaccompanied children from Europe between 1934 and 1945.

Dr. Judith Baumel-Schwartz’s book based on her extensive research is the authoritative and most complete source on this subject.


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