JCR-UK SIG #UnitedKingdom (Germany) Germany Has Agreed To One Time Payments for Survivors of Kindertransport #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims
Conference) said the German government had agreed to payments of 2,500 euros
($2,800) to those still alive >from among the 10,000 people who fled on the
so-called "Kindertransport." This year is the 80th anniversary of the
Kindertransport bringing children to Britain >from Nazi Germany and elsewhere
in Europe.

It is estimated that about 1,000 survivors are alive today. About half of
the survivors are alive in Britain with some resettled in the United States,
Israel, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. There were about 10,000 children
from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland taken to Britain of which
7,500 were Jewish.

For almost all the cases, the parents who remained behind were murdered in
concentration camps. It was after Kristallnacht that the British
government agreed to allow an unspecified number of children as refugees
from Nazi Germany or its annexed territories. The first such transport
arrived in Harwich on December 2, 1938, with the last leaving Germany on
September 1, 1939 the day that World War ll broke out; and the final
transport >from continental Europe left the Netherlands on May 14, 1940, the
same day Dutch forces surrendered to the Nazis.

According to the Claims Conference, "the German payment is an
acknowledgement that this was a traumatic, horrible thing that happened to

Since 1952 the German government has paid more than $80 billion to
individuals for suffering and losses resulting of persecution by the Nazis.

To read more see:

I have no further information. If you need more information contact the
Claims Conference, although at the time of this posting there is nothing
about the payment to Kindertransport survivors listed.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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