“Liebe Eltern! – Liebes Kind!”Letters between Kindertransportees and their Parents as Everyday Life Documents

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-172
Number of pages18
JournalYearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies
Volume16
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
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Abstract

This article examines letters by those who came to Britain on a Kindertransport in 1938/39 and their families. Research on the Kindertransport can fall back on a large number of memory documents but far fewer contemporary records. Diaries and letters are two genres which depict the everyday life of the child refugee but also that of the parents who were often still in Germany, Austria or Czechoslovakia. This article will outline what we can learn from these letters about the Kindertransport experience from different angles.