The Harwich Kindertransport Memorial and Learning Appeal is working to create and place a memorial statue and education programme for learning about the Kindertransport and the crucial role played by Harwich and Dovercourt.

Harwich: A Safe Harbour

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.

We need your help in raising the £100,000 needed to create this historic new memorial in Harwich.

Existing memorials currently trace the journey of the children from Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Gdańsk, Hamburg to the Hook of Holland before reaching Liverpool Street Station. Harwich is missing from this journey.

It is here that the story of the arrival of the children can be told.

Planning permission has been granted for this location for the new memorial on the Harwich quayside. This is close to the spot where the children first set foot on British soil – a gateway to life.

Essex artist Ian Wolter has proposed 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

To support the new memorial, we will create a Kindertransport town trail, information boards around Harwich and Dovercourt, an audio bench for quiet reflection and a unique educational programme.

We are grateful for the generosity of private donors, who wish to contribute to the commemoration of both the Kinder and their families. The project is also supported by the Association for Jewish Refugees (AJR), Tendring District Council, Harwich Town Council and The Harwich Society.

The Harwich Kindertransport Memorial and Learning Trust invite you to get in touch to donate. We are also keen to hear from anyone with a story to tell us about arriving in Harwich or staying at the Dovercourt holiday camp in the months before World War II.