Academic journal article Shofar

Foreword

Academic journal article Shofar

Foreword

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For a long time, the story of the Kindertransports, which in 1938/39 enabled some 10,000 young Jews to escape the German sphere of influence and reach Great Britain, lay in the shadow of historical research on the Holocaust. Today, in addition to memoirs and autobiographical testimony, the first scientific works on Kindertransports have been published. "Kinder" living today around the world have come together and spoken, and drawn the attention of noted international congresses. In 1989, Bertha Leverton organized the first "Kindertransport" reunion in London and brought the experiences of Kindertransportees into collective public awareness with the anthology I Came Alone. Since then, the public has taken note of this chapter of history through film and television documentaries. "Kinder" memoirs, such as Gideon Behrendt's Mit dem Kindertransport in die Freiheit, have penetrated the public consciousness.

The Kindertransport also has received interdisciplinary attention at the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at the Technical University in Berlin and at the Centre for German-Jewish Studies of the University of Sussex in Brighton, under the directorship of Edward Timms. Together, these institutions engendered a workshop in June 2001 in Brighton and an international conference in Berlin in 2002, where the results of research were presented illuminating the theme from the perspectives of literature and sociology, history and psychoanalysis. …

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