December marks the 75th anniversary of the start of the Kindertransport, in which 10,000 unaccompanied children from Central Europe were allowed to enter the United Kingdom to escape certain death in the Holocaust.
This transport ended September 1939 when the war with England started. However, there was one more transport in the fall of 1939 of about 500 children under the age of 6, mostly from Germany, who went to Sweden.
The Pentecostal Church of Sweden asked its members to take in these kids. I was on that transport and the only one from my hometown.
The children were sent by train to Hamburg and then on a ferry across to the Malmo train station. From there, we were sent individually sent to our destinations all over Sweden.
My first recollection of this was sitting on top of my suitcase with everything that I had in a train station with strange people speaking a strange language. This was my “rebirth” at 6 into a new world and life.
Gunther Karger, Homestead