On Tuesday morning, Grade 9 students had the incredible opportunity to attend a talk about the Kindertransport by Mrs Anne Glenny, the Grandmother of a Grade 9 student.
The Kindertransport was a rescue programme organised by the British government which operated to evacuate Jewish children from Nazi-occupied regions of Europe. The programme ran between November 1938 and September 1939, and helped nearly 10,000 children to flee from Adolf Hitler’s reign of terror; children were granted asylum and given homes, which allowed them to integrate into British society. It was a lifesaving opportunity for Jewish families to give their children a chance of safety from genocide.
In Drama, Grade 9 are studying the play ‘Kindertransport’ by Diane Samuels. Through this unit of work they have researched the socio/political/historical and cultural aspects of the the time, as well as using various theatrical techniques to help us understand what it must have felt like to be a refugee.
Mrs Glenny’s brother Charles Beck left Vienna on the Kindertransport in 1939. She talked about the persecution and discrimination that her mother, father and brother experienced as Jews in Vienna, and their journey to a new life in England. The experience that she recounted was impactful, as it gave insight into real-life experiences within history; the personal account helped Grade 9 to grasp the reality and implications of the Kindertransport programme.
Grade 9 were able to immerse themselves in her incredible story through conversations with her, the photos she shared and the letters written by her brother and parents during the war. The school is grateful for the unforgettable opportunity and learning experience Mrs Glenny provided; it was truly memorable.