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Selected records relating to Kindertransport from the National Archives, UK. RG-59.075. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
Established in 1933 as the German Emergency Committee, the Friends Committee for Refugees and Aliens (FRCA) worked to help refugees from continental Europe fleeing persecution and war. Following Kristallnacht, which saw the murder and incarceration of many Jews in Germany, the organization set into motion a plan that would allow thousands of children to escape Germany in an evacuation that became known as "Kindertransport."
The Quakers, or “Friends,” negotiated with the German government to obtain safe passage for the children, and working with Jewish aid groups, the Kindertransport program evacuated approximately 10,000 children, with the Quakers responsible for 2,000.
This collection is an index to lists of children who were transported from Germany through Kindertransport, as well as some adult emigrants. The index also references Quaker minutes, reports, and correspondence, as well as some travel documents.
The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, was founded by George Fox in the mid-17th century in England. Their strict moral code that placed faith above country, refusal to participate in the state church or pay tithes, and a non-violence ethic that forbade military service made them the subject of persecution. Despite this, Quakers, often called “Friends,” have made their mark in progressive social movements such as abolition, workers’ rights, women’s equality, and anti-war efforts. More information about Kindertransport is available in the online Holocaust Encyclopedia for ordering information.
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