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The Kindertransport children 80 years on: I was bowled over that these non-Jewish people were nice to us

Bea Green found a place on a Kindertransport out of Munich in June 1939. She will never forget the warm welcome she received after crossing into the NetherlandsBea Green’s father was a lawyer in Munich. He had suffered early at the hands of the Nazis – he was beaten up in 1933 for daring to complain to the police about the treatment of one of his clients. They paraded him around the town with a placard round his neck saying: “I am a Jew and I will never again complain to the police.” He came home, the sound of him entering the house waking the eight-year-old Bea as she lay in bed ill, and retired to his bedroom, trying to hide the bruises and the bleeding.Her father was allowed to carry on working after 1933, but only for Jews. He wasn’t yet trying to get out of Germany, even though his cousin and business partner had already fled to Palestine. “He was very defiant,” the 93-year-old says. “It was like stamping your foot and saying: ‘I won’t let these bastards make me go.’” His family had been in Bavaria for generations, and he was not willing to quit his homeland easily. Continue reading...

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