Kurt Goldberger was almost 14 and living in Vienna when his parents put him on a train known as the Kindertransport or children’s transport, to England. Between December 1938 and May 1940, 10,000 mostly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland were saved by being sent to England. Most never saw their parents again. Goldberger was one of the luckier kinder, the German word for child. He was reunited with his parents after the war, one of only 10 percent who were so fortunate. The family moved to the United States in 1944.
On May 1and 2, 2012, Goldberger, the president of the Kindertransport Association (KTA), and his wife, Margaret, head of the Speakers Bureau of the KTA who was also rescued by the Kindertransport, will come to the College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, N.J. In Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center on campus, they will tell their story to students in grades 6 to 12 as part of a special program sponsored by the CSE Holocaust Education Resource Center program, “Choosing to Act: Role of the Kindertransports.” The Holocaust Education Program is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.
Program Features Films, Testimony, and Q & A
The program will begin with 2012 video, Why We Remember the Holocaust. The film is based on the 2012 National Days of Remembrance theme “Choosing to Act.” Students and teachers will hear the testimonies of the Goldbergers describing their experiences on the Kindertransports. They will also see the international, Emmy Award winning film Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good. The film is based on the story of Nicholas Winton who personally saved the lives of 669 children during the Holocaust. The film focuses on how one person can make a difference. The program will conclude with a Q&A session.
Program is Free, but Registration is Required
Teachers and students are invited to attend the program free of charge, but pre- registration is required. Registration will be accepted on a space available, first come basis. Teachers have the choice of three program times: 8:45 a.m. to noon or at 12:30 to 3:45 on May 1, and 8:45 a,m.. to noon on May 2. To register, teachers should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with requested date and time, name of teacher(s), Subject(s)/Grade(s), school (including address, district, and county), number of students, email address, and phone number. First, second, and third choices must be identified in your email.