For the past two months, I’ve posted individual stories about children who fled the Nazis and survived the Holocaust by taking the Kindertransport to England. An earlier post explains how the Kindertransport program was created. If you missed that post and would like to read it, here’s the link: The Kindertransports: Nearly 10,000 Children Rescued from Nazi Territory.
|German Kindertransport Refugees in Great Britain|
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Courtesy of Alisa Tennenbaum
Lory Gruenberger lived a happy childhood with her brother and parents in Breslau, Germany, close to the Polish border. To her doting father, Lory could do no wrong. Mr. Gruenberger, a partially paralyzed WWI veteran, had a flourishing law practice and refused his government disability pension. After the Nazis took power in 1933, they didn’t harass Mr. Gruenberger due to his veteran status.
|Map Showing Location of Breslau, Germany, near Poland in 1938|
Courtesy of Dr. John Heineman - Boston College
|German WWI Iron Cross|
(Wikipedia - Public Domain)
police car. The Iron Cross belonging to a WWI veteran still provided protection for some Jews.
|Waving Goodbye to a Kindertransport|
Courtesy of Yad Vashem & Kathryn Berman
|"Jews Not Wanted Here"|
Courtesy of U.S. Holocaust
Lory’s father had a very high fever, and he was taken out on a stretcher and loaded on a truck. Lory and her mother were taken on another truck to the huge yard of a synagogue and, along with hundreds of others, waited outside in the March cold for about two days and nights. They were then taken by truck to the railroad station and loaded into cattle cars. Thirty-five to forty frightened people traveled in the cattle car, in complete darkness, with no food, for two days.
Cindy Stewart, a high school social studies and language arts teacher, church pianist, and inspirational historical fiction author was a semifinalist in American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2017 Genesis contest, and won ACFW’s 2014 First Impressions writing contest in the historical category. Cindy is passionate about revealing God’s handiwork in history. She resides in North Georgia with her college sweetheart and husband of thirty-five years and near her married daughter, son-in-law, and three adorable grandchildren. She’s currently writing a fiction series set in WWII Europe.