Newsnight at Torriano – Kindertransport Memorial

Year 6 welcomed several very special guests on Thursday afternoon.  Not only did Rabbi Bernd Koschland come to tell the children all about his experiences of the Kindertransport, he brought along with him the Newsnight film crew!

Rabbi Bernd’s story is remarkable.  Born in a small town near Nuremburg in Germany, he witnessed first hand world changing events.  He was a child when the Nazi party came to power and remembers Kristallnacht, 9th November 1938, when Jewish homes and shops were destroyed.  At the age of 8, he was sent away for his safety.  He travelled to Holland then on to Harwich, Essex, before settling in a children’s home in England.

His escape was thanks to the Kindertransport, a rescue mission, which removed Jewish children from Northern Europe before the outbreak of World War II and relocated them to Britain.  Bernd spoke to the children of his story, losing his parents to the Holocaust, and his gratitude to Britain on behalf of the Kinder – the children rescued in 1939.

This was all in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport, which is why the Newsnight team came with Bernd.  A special programme will be broadcast on Monday 24th June featuring many of the Kinder including Rabbi Bernd speaking to Torriano’s own ‘kinder’.