Kindertransport - the arrival Memorial

'Kindertransport - the arrival’ is one of three memorials at Liverpool Street Station in London, where trains of children fleeing from Nazi tyranny arrived in England, from which the children were sent to foster homes and hostels.*

The memorial by Frank Meisler was unveiled in 2006 in Hope Square, Liverpool Street Station, London.  It stands 2.3 metres high and is made of bronze. The plaque reads:
 
Children of the Kindertransport
In gratitude to the people of Britain for saving the lives of 10,000 unaccompied mainly Jewish children who fled from Nazi persecution in 1938 and 1939.
"Whosoever rescues a single soul is credited as though they had saved the whole world." Talmud
 
Around the base of the memorial are bronze blocks on which are listed cities from which children fled: Cologne, Hanover, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Bremen, Munich, Danzig, Breslau, Prague, Hamburg, Mannheim, Leipzig, Berlin, Vienna.
 
 

Kindertranpsort– the arrival is part of a series 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, ‘Trains to life – trains to death' at Friedrichstraße railway station, Berlin and ‘Channel of life’ at the hook of Holland, Rotterdam.

A smaller statue to the Kindertransport is in the main station and a plaque is situated on the wall at Hope Square which reads:

 
 

Hope Square, dedicated to the Children of the Kindertransport, who found hope and safety in Britain through the gateway of Liverpool Street Station.

 

The sculptor Frank Meisler was himself a passenger on a Kindertransport train and was awarded the “Freedom of the City of London” for his work on these memorials.




*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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