The Kindertransport: Contesting Memory

In this talk, Dr Jennifer Craig-Norton will challenge traditional interpretations of the Kindertransport, analysing the Kindertransportees’ experiences, the motivations of caregivers, the responses of the voluntary agencies and the trauma of the parents, forced to make the impossible choice to send their children away. 

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June 8, 2021 - 7.00 pm

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June 8, 2021 - 8.15 pm

The Kindertransport has been celebrated in the UK and abroad as a heroic act of child rescue in which 10,000 mostly Jewish children were saved from the Holocaust by a generous British government, voluntary agencies and selfless individuals motivated by compassion and altruism.

This rescue narrative has dominated the literature and memory of the Kindertransport, suppressing the exploration of its less uplifting aspects and inhibiting its analysis through other frameworks, especially an examination of the Kindertransport as a family separation scheme- one mandated by British immigration policies that allowed the children to come but not their parents.

This talk, using archival and testimonial evidence, will challenge traditional interpretations of the Kindertransport by critically analysing the Kindertransportees’ experiences, the motivations of caregivers, the responses of the voluntary agencies and the trauma of the parents, who were forced to make the impossible choice to send their children away.

Date/time: Tuesday 8 June 2021, 7.00pm-8.00pm (UK)
Cost: Free, but donations welcome
Venue: Online

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Dr Jennifer Craig-Norton is an Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute, University of Southampton.

Her publications include The Kindertransport: Contesting Memory (Indiana University Press, 2019) and Migrant Histories and Historiographies: Essays in Honour of Colin Holmes (Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics, 2018), co-edited with Christhard Hoffman and Tony Kushner. In 2019, she received a grant from the West London Synagogue looking into their historic work with refugees and she is currently writing a book on Jewish refugee domestics and nurses 1938-1950.

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