Remembering the Kindertransports: Guided Archive Tour and Film Screening

by | Jan 17, 2024 | Event, News

We are pleased to be hosting the Goethe-Institut Glasgow for the first part of their two-day event, “Remembering the Kindertransport”.

On Wednesday 31st January at 6pm, join us for an opportunity to view original material from the Scottish Jewish Archive Centre, relating to Kindertransport children who came to Scotland. Of the nearly 10,000 children who came to UK on the Kindertransport, hundreds came to Scotland. Some children were taken in by local families and others stayed at community-run hostels, two of which are adjacent to Garnethill Synagogue.

Attendees to this event can also view the exhibition ‘Scotland a Sanctuary’, which looks at the stories of some of the refugees who arrived in Scotland in the 1930s and 1940s. Also available are iPads with thousands of digitised items from the archive collection that relate to the Holocaust period. There will also be the opportunity to have a short tour of the historic Garnethill Synagogue.

The following day, on Thursday 1st February, the Goethe-Institut Glasgow will be showing a film screening of the documentaries My Knees Were Jumping – Remembering the Kindertransports and 256,000 Miles From Home by Melissa Hacker. This will be followed by a discussion with Melissa Hacker and Esther Dischereit.

Melissa Hacker is a film and video maker who made her directing debut with the 1996 documentary film My Knees Were Jumping – Remembering the Kindertransports, which was short-listed for an Academy Award nomination. It is the first documentary film that documents the experience of children who travelled on the Kindertransport. One of the children that were rescued by Kindertransport was Melissa Hacker’s mother, who fled from Vienna and eventually settled in the United States, where she became an Academy Award nominated costume designer, working on films such Taxi DriverAnnie Hall, The Hustler, The Miracle Worker, Tootsie, and many more classic American movies.

Both parts of this event are sure to be unmissable.


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