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Germany to Make One-Off Payment to 1,000 Jewish Evacuees from Nazis

A commemorative memorial statue to the Kindertransport near Friedrichstrasse train station in central Berlin, Germany. PHOTO: Markus Schreiber/AP

Many of those on board the Kindertransport trains to UK never saw their parents again

By Josie Le Blond | 17 December 2018

THE GUARDIAN — Germany will give a one-off payment to mostly Jewish survivors who were evacuated as children from Nazi Germany, a US-based lobbying group has said, in a move that coincides with the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport trains to Britain.

About 10,000 unaccompanied children left Nazi Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland on special trains in the run up to the second world war to be rehoused in Britain with foster families, or in schools, hostels and farms.

The vast majority would never see their families again, many of whom were later murdered in Nazi extermination camps. Now Germany has agreed to give an estimated 1,000 elderly survivors, half of whom still reside in Britain, €2,500 (£2,249) each in compensation for their suffering. […]

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