Personal note: I pass the touching monument for "Kindertransporte" in Berlin Friedrichstrasse every day on my way to work, and I keep "telling" this group of children, that at least I could do something for them as a remembrance...
The monument (shown in the video) consists of 2 children heading towards the West and about 5 children heading towards the East....
Kindertransport (Children's Transport) was the informal name of a series of rescue efforts between 1938 and 1940, which brought thousands of mostly Jewish children to Great Britain from Nazi Germany.
This piece goes out to all of the children...
To the 10,000 children sent on trains to the West, who were saved.
To the 1.5 million children sent on trains to the East, who were lost.
Following the violent pogrom staged by the Nazi authorities upon Jews in Germany and Austria known as Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) of November 9-10, 1938, the British government eased immigration restrictions for certain categories of Jewish refugees. Spurred by British public opinion and the persistent efforts of refuge aid committees, most notably the British Committee for the Jews of Germany and the Movement for the Care of Children from Germany, British authorities agreed to permit an unspecified number of children under the age of 17 to enter Great Britain from Germany and German-annexed territories (namely, Austria and the Czech lands).
Private citizens or organizations had to guarantee to pay for each child's care, education, and eventual emigration from Britain. In return for this guarantee, the British government agreed to allow unaccompanied refugee children to enter the country on temporary travel visas. It was understood at the time that when the “crisis was over,” the children would return to their families. Parents or guardians could not accompany the children. The few infants included in the program were tended by other children on their transport.
The first Kindertransport arrived in Harwich, Great Britain, on December 2, 1938, bringing some 200 children from a Jewish orphanage in Berlin which had been destroyed in the Kristallnacht pogrom.
The last transport from Germany left on September 1, 1939, just as World War II began, while the last transport from the Netherlands left for Britain on May 14, 1940, the day on which the Dutch army surrendered to German forces. In all, the rescue operation brought about 9,000–10,000 children, some 7,500 of them Jewish, from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland to Great Britain.
Kindertransport association: http://www.kindertransport.org/
This piece is part of the "Holocaust Remembrance Suite" for solo piano, which is an unique remembrance project, which has grown out of a collaboration between Stephan Beneking, composer based in Berlin, and pianist Hal Freedman (https://soundcloud.com/classical-soul-pianist) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The innocence and beauty of pure piano classical music
poses a stark contrast to the horrors of the Third Reich and the Holocaust.
The booklet with descriptions about the historical background and scores / sheet music can be downloaded for free here:
Each piece in the Holocaust Remembrance Suite contains a vital message about the war crimes and atrocities of the past. Unfortunately, the message is applicable to conditons that persist in our world today. It is our sincere hope to raise social awareness of these problems through this important project.
The Suite is accompanied by dramatic videos showing images, which further tell the story behind each individual piece:
The 'Holocaust Remembrance Suite' can be downloaded as a "name-your-price"- album from BandCamp and is available (for regular price) on iTunes and many other platforms.
All proceeds will be donated to:
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, USA: http://www.ushmm.org/
Yad Vashem, Israel: http://www.yadvashem.org/
Aktion Sühnezeichen, Germany (action reconciliation service for peace):
Die Anstifter, Germany (remembrance foundation): http://www.die-anstifter.de/
We want the messages of this "Holocaust Remembrance Suite" with pieces like "The Kiss", "The white Rose" and more to spread as far as possible.
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