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Reunion of the Kindertransporte: 50th anniversary papers


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1347

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Reunion of the Kindertransporte: 50th anniversary papers

Date(s): 1989

Level of description: Collection level

Extent: 2 boxes

Name of creator(s): Leverton | Bertha | b 1923 | founder of the Reunion of the Kindertransporte


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Reunion of the Kindertransporte (ROK) was an organisation that facilitated reunions and communication between former child survivors of Nazi persecution who managed to escape Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia via organised transports for mainly Jewish children prior to the outbreak of Germany's invasion of Poland. The genesis of the group began as an idea by Bertha Leverton - a 'Kind' herself - to organise a reunion in 1989, marking 50 years since the arrival of the first Kindertransport to Britain.

The 50th anniversary of the Kindertransports was held in Jun, 1989 in Harwich, England, site of the reception centre where boats carrying the children from the Hook of Holland first reached Britain. Although no precise statistical records exist in this collection, the reunion was attended by hundreds of Kinder from various countries, though mainly from the US, Israel, and Britain. The event received enormous media attention and launched the story of the Kindertransports into public consciousness on an international scale.


Scope and content/abstract:

Press cuttings regarding the 50th anniversary Reunion of the Kindertransporte, 1989. Also including memoirs of people transported by the Kindertransporte and administrative papers relating to the organisation of the 50th anniversary event.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bertha Leverton


Related material:

Publication note:


Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2008

Children | Childhood | Age groups | Age distribution
Jews | Religious groups
Memoirs | Documents | Information sources
Refugees | Migrants
Reunions | Meetings | Group communication | Communication process
Meetings x Conferences
Human rights violations
Primary documents

Personal names
Leverton | Bertha | b 1923 | founder of the Reunion of the Kindertransporte

Corporate names
Reunion of the Kindertransporte x ROK

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe