I am in the process of putting together a page of items from research in the archives of the London Metropolitan and the Wiener Library, which hold many of the remaining materials from the files of the CBF, the Council for German Jewry, and similar organisations that were at the heart of the rescue of our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and cousins …
There is more to follow but the initial work may be viewed here: http://www.kitchenercamp.co.uk/1939-reichschvertretung-archives/
I will be spending some time in Sandwich soon, and will then upload what I hope will be a good number of photographs of the area in which Kitchener camp was located.
I hope this will be interesting and useful – especially for families who live too far away to visit for themselves.
There is currently what sounds like a fascinating two-day seminar going on at the Parkes Institute in Southampton – that I’d have given anything to participate in, but am just too swamped with work at the moment.
If anyone is reading this who was able to there – I’d very much appreciate a summary – especially if there was any discussion on matters that are of interest to Kitchener families.
The Wiener Library has an exhibition on ‘Degenerate Art’ at the moment, which is absolutely fascinating and makes excellent use of their archival materials: “In 1938 the New Burlington Galleries in London hosted an exhibition defending artists who faced persecution by Nazi Germany. Learn more about this international response against Nazism at our current exhibition”.
The Jewish Museum in London has an exhibition on ‘Jew(wish) cartoons’, running until 16th September, which has been receiving rave reviews:
The excellent research resource that is the EHRI has recently expanded its work on the concentration camps, and more information about this can be found here: https://ehri-project.eu/ehri-portal-vocabulary-set-concentration-camps-greatly-expanded-and-enhanced
Finally for this week, a quick note from Illana, who has just tweeted the following from her work experience with World Jewish Relief: “As part of my work with the Comms Team, I discovered that 28 different press companies, in 5 different languages, covered the inspiring World Jewish Relief
#berlin2london cycle which retraced the Kindertransport journey 10000 children took to flee the Nazis”
Thank you so much to those Kitchener descendants and their friends who donated and / or helped in other ways – it was very much appreciated.
The day the cyclists arrived back in London was a wonderful occasion, in brilliant sunshine. It was an honour to be there. The WJR organisation of the event was faultless – which must have been an extreme challenge in itself in the middle of the busy Friday evening commuter period.
Many, many congratulations to all those involved – with an especial shout out one more time to 80-year old Paul Alexander, his son, and grandson, who completed this marathon commemoration side by side.
Paul’s father was one of ours – a man rescued through the Kitchener camp scheme.