Survivors, separated from their families and sent to the U.K. just before the war, will be given about $2,800.
“Keep the doors open,” Kindertransport survivors warn.
As described by Helen in Waltzing, Beyond a polymathic creativity, there was another of Dad's traits that Steve and I shared
This week we will celebrate Dad's 81st birthday. His continued survival is a source of joy for those of us in the family and all whose lives he has touched as well as a reminder of the ultimate failure of Hitler's genocidal regime.
Esther Starobin was born in Adelsheim, Germany, in 1937. Her parents were among the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. Starobin, her three sisters and her brother survived because their parents were able to send them to safety in time.
Some writers like to reflect on modern history from the distance of a decade or a generation. Others prefer 25 or 50 years as appropriate reference points. Very few stop to think about how our lives have changed over the most recent third of a century.
Thirty-four years before Henry Kissinger told the President that the emigration of Jews from a country where they were subjected to persecution "is not an objective of American foreign policy," a U.S. government official conveyed the same sentiments to a young London stockbroker who was busy saving the lives of Jewish children.
"It took him three weeks to pluck up courage to take me out. Three weeks later we were unofficially engaged," Ann Kirk told
The anniversary of Kristallnacht has always been significant for our family, but this year will have an unexpected layer of meaning.
The reason November 9 -- the day the Berlin Wall fell -- is not a national holiday in Germany, is that it also marks a much darker anniversary: Kristallnacht, the so-called "Night of Broken Glass."