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Kindertransport and New Zealand's Kindertransportees

Click here to read Claire Bruell's research on 11 of the children who survived thanks to Kindertransport and their journey to New Zealand.

Kindertransport was the unofficial name given to a rescue effort between 1938 and 1940 that saw approximately 9-10,000 children brought from Europe mainly to Great Britain. Within this number, small groups were also sent to Sweden, Holland and Belgium and about 1400 were transported to the United States. The 20 children permitted by the government to come to New Zealand were brought by Max and Annie Deckston in 1935 and 1937.  Of the total number, about 7,500 were Jewish. A smaller number of non-Jewish children came from institutions such as orphanages.

After the war, 11 of these children came to make a new life in freedom in New Zealand.  These are their stories, put together from some of the 90 plus oral history recordings with Holocaust survivors in Auckland and from contributions from the families. Ultimately, these stories are ones of hope.  That despite their stolen childhoods, cut short, the Kinder settled to live fulfilling lives after the war, studying at universities and other tertiary institutions, marrying and having families of their own.  They lived their adult lives as contributing individuals to the mosaic of New Zealand society.

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