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Children of the Kindertransport Liverpool Street Station

© Sue McAlpine

Whosoever rescues a single soul is credited as though they had saved the whole world.
(Talmud)

Lord (Alf) Dubs was born in December 1932 in Prague, and was one of the Czech children rescued from the Nazis in the Kindertransport. He had no idea of the identity of his rescuer until 1988 when a relative spotted his name on Esther Rantzen’s ‘This Is Your Life’ television programme featuring English former stockbroker Nicholas Winton, who had arranged for the transport of 669 children out of Nazi occupied Prague. Alf Dubs campaigned for Winton to be honoured for his actions, and he was later knighted.

‘The bronze sculpture at Liverpool Street Station still brings memories of my own journey and arrival in the summer of 1939. A knapsack of uneaten food that my mother had packed for the journey, the midnight departure from Prague with my anxious mother standing near a German soldier with a swastika armband, and the interminably long train journey sitting on hard wooden seats, the night boat to Harwich and then London and a new beginning. Unveiled in September 2006, the bronze sculpture was designed by the renowned Israeli artist and former Kindertransport refugee Frank Meisler’.

Alf Dubs