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A NEW KINDERTRANSPORT MEMORIAL FOR HARWICH
We are are proud to announce that Safe Haven was unveiled on the Harwich Quayside, Thursday 1 September 2022.
Safe Haven and our education programme are to become a focal point for learning about the Kindertransport and the crucial role played by Harwich and Dovercourt.
Guests at the unveiling ceremony included more than 30 refugees who arrived on the Kindertransport in 1938 and 1939.
Dame Stephanie Shirley, who was five years old when she arrived in Harwich on a Kindertransport, unveiled the memorial.
Our cherished supporters and donors and many dignitaries honoured us with their presence at the unveiling ceremomy.
In addition to the memorial, an audio bench and new information boards have been installed around Harwich.
The port of Harwich was the main point of entry for most of the 10,000 children who came to Britain on the Kindertransport, from December 1938 to the outbreak of war in September 1939. Nearly 2,000 children spent their first weeks at the Dovercourt holiday camp just two miles from the Harwich docks.
Until today, memorials traced the journey of the children from Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Gdańsk, Hamburg to the Hook of Holland before reaching Liverpool Street Station.
Harwich was missing from this journey.
From now on, it is here that the story of the arrival of the children can be told.
– (John, later Rabbi, Rayner who arrived in Harwich as a boy from Germany in 1939)
Essex artist Ian Wolter is creating a bronze life-size statue which will evoke the arrival of the children by ship.
Wolter’s work has received numerous prizes including the Arte Laguna Prize (Venice, 2016) and RomArt Sculpture Prize (Rome, 2017) and he has been shortlisted for Passion for Freedom, London.
His most celebrated project The Children of Calais (pictured) is a life-sized sculpture of six children in poses echoing The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin, but dressed in contemporary clothing, recognising the plight of unaccompanied child refugees today.
Learning about the Kindertransport
With our partners the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Schools of Sanctuary, the memorial will generate a new education programme devoted to Kindertransport history, encouraging young people to think about what it meant, and what it means, to be a refugee, who is fleeing racial violence and persecution.
The project is supported by The Association for Jewish Refugees (AJR), The Federal Republic of Germany, The National Fund of The Republic of Austria, Tendring District Council, Harwich Town Council, Harwich Haven Authority, Essex Community Fund, The Grassroots Foundation, C H Trust, CAF, The Bridges Impact Foundation, The Linbury Trust, The Headley Trust, The Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund, and the University of Essex.
We are privileged to be endorsed by The Harwich Society, Liberal Judaism, and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT).
We are grateful for the generosity of private donors, who have contributed to the commemoration of both the Kinder and their families.