Kindertransports to England in 1939 #unitedkingdom

Mike Coleman

I have a U.K. Certificate of Registration, issued under the Aliens Order,1920, in respect of a young lady who was born in Berlin in 1926.

She was issued with a Kinderausweiss at Berlin in 1939 and arrived in the U.K., I think at Southampton, on 5 May 1939.

The Certificate is endorsed "Refugee from Nazi Oppression".

Although I cannot see any explicit description of her as being Jewish I think it highly likely.

Do these dates fit with any of the Kindertransports? if so, does anyone have any details about it?

Many thanks.



Mike Coleman   London  U.K.


Hi Mike has Kindertransport records. You can search by name here
I couldn't find a transport there relating to May 1939 although there ones from January 1939 to June 1939.

Hope this helps.
Shoshanah Glickman

Judith Elam

You can try searching for her on  If she remained in the UK, she probably obtained British citizenship.  If so, there will be a file on her at the National Archives, and you can order it.  She may also appear on the the 1939 census both in the UK and in Germany.  The German one will also show something like this.  "Race":NNJJ.  This person had two paternal non-Jewish grandparents and two maternal Jewish ones.  So try this website too.  

Judith Elam
Kihei, HI
Researching: Japha and Hahn (Fraustadt), Schwarz (Schrimm), Kaliski (Storchnest), Weinberg (Dirschau, Elbing and Filehne), Miedzygorsky, Kryman, Szwarcbaum (Szczekociny and Zarnow), Wiener, Mardenfeld, Tenenbaum (Toporow and Kamionka Strumilowa), Hasenlauf, Buchaster (Bochnia), Levy (Prenzlau), Ahrenheim (Penzlin), Fuhrmann, Berkowitz (Praszka)

Evelyn and Christopher Wilcock

Not all the children on the Kindertransport were Jewish by religion and not all had 4 Jewish grandparents.

Evelyn Wilcock


Hi Mike

Here you'll find some information and resources and several links to other websites with resources about Kindertransports to England.


Corinne Iten

Donna Levinsohn

Hi, Mike. A Kindertransport arrived in England from Danzig on May 5, 1939, carrying 36 boys and 40 girls, bringing the total number of Kinder to that date to 4,887. See the relevant portion of the list of transports through July 7, 1939,  at, specifically at p. 3 of the July 1939 interim statistical analysis of the transports to date, by the Movement for the Care of Children from Germany, Ltd. (later known as the Refugee Children's Movement, Ltd.) in the archive of the Leo Baeck Institute. (The online database  at Ancestry and Find My Past includes only a small percentage of the transports.) Overall, about 90% of the Kinder were Jewish, with many of the rest considered non-Aryan Christians, i.e., children of converted Jews or the children of mixed marriages who had not been raised as Jewish. See the section on "Religion" in the same report.

Donna Levinsohn
New York City

Jill Whitehead

The figures for places are also interesting including Glasgow 199, Manchester 164, Edinburgh 156, Liverpool 81, Belfast 78 and Birmingham 68. My greater Brown family took in a young brother and sister in Edinburgh and a teenage girl in Manchester. But the majority of those who were sent to Edinburgh went to the Whittinghame Farm School in the Lothians near Edinburgh.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK


Hi Mike. You may not be aware that the Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief [aka World Jewish Relief], formerly known as The Central British Fund for German Jewry (1935 - 1995) is the organisation which handled the Kindertransport from our end at the time, and they have miraculously managed to trace and digitise a good number of the records they originally created for individual (Jewish) immigrants [not only the younger Kindertransport children] who they helped at the time. Their address is Oscar Joseph House, 54 Crewys Road, London NW2 2AD. Tel 0208 736 1250. I do not want to burden my most kind contact there, but they have been brilliant in relation to my late mum. All the best!
Michael A Hutchinson
Gloucestershire, UK