'Trains to Life – Trains to Death' at Friedrichstraße in Berlin was unveiled on 30th November 2008. It’s sculptor, Frank Meisler himself a traveller on a kindertransport train to England.*
The memorial stands 2.25 meters and is made of Bronze, it commemorates 1.6 million children murdered in the Holocaust and 10,000 children whose lives were saved by being granted entry into England in 1938 and was erected ‘In gratitude to the people of Great Britain’.
This memorial is one of four sculptures which have been erected along the children's route to safety. The others by the same sculptor being ‘Kindertransport – the departure’ in Danzig, Poland, ‘Kindertransport the arrival’ at Liverpool Street Station in London and ‘Channel of life’ at the hook of Holland, Rotterdam.
"Meisler’s work is characterized by a sense of movement and revelation – “The opening and closing of the doors of life”. It is a synthesis both powerful and personal. Every sculpture beckons you to explore its magic".
*Kindertransport is the name given to the rescue mission that began nine months prior to the outbreak of World War II. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and the Free City of Danzig. The children were placed in British foster homes, hostels, and farms.
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