Kindertransport refugees : a conversation with Esther Rantzen (online)

By | November 25, 2021
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U3A National Office online event. Thu, 2 December 2021

A presentation followed by conversations with Kindertransport refugees and their families, with Dame Esther Rantzen

About this event

This event will be held online via Zoom and is for u3a members only

  • 10.30am Presentation with Q&A by Steve Williams of Arun East u3a
  • 12pm Break
  • 1pm Dame Esther Rantzen hears from our u3a guest speakers

A presentation providing a fresh look at the inspiring story of the Kindertransport, the scheme which saw the rescue of 10,000 mostly Jewish children from Nazi Germany and neighbouring countries to safety in Britain. In this talk, we will consider the international and political situation that made it so urgent and meet some of those involved in this rescue. How were these child refugees treated once they arrived here, and what contribution have they made to British society? Reference will also be made to the stories and memories from u3a members, some of whom will feature in the afternoon session.

Presented by Steve Williams – Steve spent nearly 40 years working in Further Education colleges, including running Holocaust Education programmes for 16-19 year olds. He now volunteers as a Holocaust Education advisor at the Centre for German Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex. Steve gave an expanded version of this talk to his local u3a group, Arun East, for Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2021.

Run time approx 90 minutes including time for audience Q&A

An afternoon with Dame Esther Rantzen & u3a guest speakers. Dame Esther, Third Age Matters columnist and TV Broadcaster, meets u3a members who owe their lives to the Kindertransport rescue. We will be hearing their remarkable stories and range of experiences. u3a guest speakers include Kindertransport evacuees themselves, their siblings within the host families that took them in, and 2nd generation ‘Kinder’ – whose ongoing efforts ensure their parents’ stories are not forgotten. Click to book tickets (Eventbrite). 


Date and time

Thu, 2 December 2021

10:30 – 14:30 GMT





Hilary Fisk
Author: Hilary Fisk

Committee member (Membership Secretary) and Website Editor. Also the lead on the Shared Learning Project on the Knight Family Archive Transcriptions.

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