They dressed their children—some just babies—in their best clothing, lovingly packed toys and family photos, and prepared to say goodbye—maybe forever. Eighty-five years ago, thousands of Jewish mothers and fathers saw the escalating violence and discrimination against Jews in Nazi Germany and made an almost inconceivable decision. Though they wanted to hold their children closer, they sent them away instead.

Strangers in Great Britain took many of these children into their homes. About 10,000 were saved from the Nazi threat through a rescue mission known as the Kindertransport. Many of their parents were murdered in the Holocaust. Join us to learn more about the Kindertransport program that saved these children’s lives.

Deborah Oppenheimer, Academy Award-winning producer of Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

Dr. Rebecca Erbelding, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The recording is available to watch on demand on the Museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Photo: Two Jewish children from Vienna after arriving in England on a Kindertransport. December 12, 1938. The Wiener Holocaust Library