1939: Sue Pearson
In March 1939 Hitler occupied the remainder of the then Czechoslovakia. Jews in Prague were well aware of the danger they were in – having had first hand information from Jewish families fleeing persecution from Germany and Austria. The rest of the world had closed its doors to these refugees apart from Britain which agreed under certain conditions to accept children – and so the Kindertransport came into being. When the opportunity came, my secular Jewish parents took the brave decision to send me on such a transport at the end of June 1939. The transport from Prague was made possible by mainly one man, now Sir Nicholas Winton. What our parents thought would be a temporary measure became for most of us a life changing event. Most of us never saw our parents again.
Grace Owen Nursery School, Park Hill