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Kindertransport

Thursday, December 5th from 12 PM – 1 PM

Kindertransport 75th Anniversary Commemoration:                 Maine Resident, Ed Benedikt, Shares his Story

Lunch ‘n Learn

The “Kindertransport” was a rescue operation that took place from December 2, 1938 until the start of World War II on September 1, 1939. Over the course of nine months, 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the Free City of Danzig traveled by train to the United Kingdom. Once there, they were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. In many instances, they were the only members of their family to survive the war.

Ed Benedikt, a Maine resident, was one of those 10,000 children. Only 8 years old at the time, Ed and his 15 year old sister, Lucie, left Austria on a Kindertransport rescue operation in December of 1938. Ed’s parents were able to leave Austria in 1941 through the sponsorship of Jack Linsky, an American businessman and philanthropist. Ed and his sister left England in November of 1943 and joined their parents in the United States.

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the first Kindertransport, Ed will be sharing his story and answering questions at the Michael Klahr Center on Thursday, December 5th at 12 PM.

Donations Gratefully Accepted
Refreshments Provided

Michael Klahr Center
University of Maine at Augusta