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Kindertransport refugees return to Liverpool Street

Four refugees who fled to the UK to escape Nazi persecution in Europe returned to Liverpool Street Station yesterday as part of a scheme to mark the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport programme.

Kindertransport refugees
Holocaust Educational Trust

Vera Schaufeld, Bob and Ann Kirk, and Kurt Marx were all part of the Kindertransport programme which saw more than 10,000 predominately Jewish children brought to the country.

The station was the first port of call for thousands of evacuated Jewish children and a statue called Children of Kindertransport has been erected at the terminal.

Ms Schaufeld was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust having been sent to Britain from Czechoslavakia aged nine.

Mr and Mrs Kirk arrived separately from Germany and went on to marry, while Mr Marx stayed at a hostel on Willesden Lane as a young refugee.

The meeting was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust which is running a programme teaching over 8,500 London school students about Kindertransport.

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