Myth and Memory: New Perspectives on the Kindertransport

Monday, September 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: JO 3.516
Admission: Free
Season: 2017-18

The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies presents Dr. Jennifer Craig-Norton from the Parkes Institute at the University of Southampton.

There will be a reception in the Ackerman Center at 7 p.m., which will be followed by the lecture in JO 3.516.

As we approach the eightieth anniversary of the Kindertransport program that brought 10,000 mostly Jewish unaccompanied refugee children to Great Britain in 1938-9, it seems appropriate to reflect upon the ways in which it has been remembered and mythologized in the UK and beyond. Dr. Craig-Norton, using new discovered archival sources and oral history, challenges the narratives that have grown up around the Kindertransport by examining the role of voluntary relief organizations, the children’s experiences, and the fate of the parents. This lecture will explore these strands and suggest new ways to think about the Kindertransport beyond a celebratory story of rescue and salvation.

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Ackerman Center
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