Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Poland: New Monuments erected in Gdansk on Anniversary of Kinderstransport

Poland: New Monuments Erected in Gdansk on Anniversary of Kinderstransport

(ISJM) Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland reports that on May 6-7, 2009, the 70th anniversary of the Kinderstransport (evacuation of Jewish children from Germany, Austria, the Free City of Danzig (Gdansk), Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Estonia and Poland to England between 1938-1939) took place in Gdansk. The Kinderstransport saved the lives of about 11 thousand Jewish children just in the months before hte outbreak of the Second World War and the onslaught of the Holocaust. About 130 children came from Gdansk (formerly Danzig) in four transports.

A monument to the Kindertransports was unveiled in Gdansk as well as new matzevot (gravestones) in the cemetery marking the graves of Rabbis Elchanan Ashkenasi and Meir Posner.

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