What was Kindertransport?
Kindertransport is the name given to the rescue mission that saved 10,000 children just before the start of the Second World War and placed them with families in Britain. The children were rescued on trains that had to travel through Germany, mainly from the Czech Republic.
How was it organised?
It was organised by a British man called Nicholas Winton, who became known as the “English Schindler” for risking his own life to save all of those children. The remarkable thing, however, was that he never told anyone about his amazing work. His bravery only became known when his wife found some papers in the attic of their home.
How did Year 6 pupils at St John’s become fascinated by the Kindertransport story?
This is all down to George Baines, whose three children have all been to the school. Mr Baines’s link to the Kindertransport story is even more fascinating, however, since his mother, Milena , was one of the children rescued by Nicolas Winton. Milena and her sister Eva wer placed with a foster family, the Radcliffes, in Ashton-under-Lyne, near Manchester. Mr Baines comes into school every October to inspire the children in the story of his mother and the Kindertransport. The following recounts and diaries in this blog are written by the childen of Year 6 at St John’s, re-telling the story of Milena, Eva and the other courageous and fortunate young people rescued after a dramatic and frightening journey through dangerous Germany.
We hope you enjoy them, and the children would love you to leave a comment to tell them that – wherever you are in the world!