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Jewish children leave Prague

Film | Accession Number: 1991.252.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0583 | Film ID: 245

At Ruzyn airport in Prague, Jewish children preparing to board plane for London on a transport organized by the Barbican Mission to the Jews, a Christian organization that aimed at rescuing and converting these children (upon their parent´s agreement). Boy holds hands of 2 sisters. Small group of children wave to camera. INTs, boy with kerchief and an elderly woman. CUs, children on a bus.Little girl, Hansi Beck, with knitted hat. Children of various ages, including Eva Heller, Holger Heller, Eva Fried, Renate Fried, Gertie Pfeffer, and Hansi Beck, board the plane. Pan of KLM airplane. Parents gathered on the airfield for farewells. CUs, families and children at the airport. 01:02:50 Eva Heller and her father, Ewald, and brother Holger. The Jewish children wave; the parents wave handkerchiefs. Mother hugs and kisses child. 01:03:29 Sir Nicholas Winton, an organizer, in glasses, smiles and holds the child, Hansi Beck. Pilot. Crowd at airport.

From Cameraman's Caption Sheet: "Today on the aerodrome of Ruzyn nearly 30 children of refugees took leave of their parents. Two Dutch Douglas airplanes brought them to Rotterdam and from there to London. This is the charitable work of the Barbican Mission of London, under direction of Rev. Wallner. He intends to give 60 children all together a new home in London where they will remain till their 18th year. The youngest of these children is only two and a half years old, the eldest one 11 years old. The leave-taking was grievous. Nobody was untouched seeing the tears of the remaining parents who will not see again their children for many long years. Before starting the pilot said: 'Never my life I have had such a responsibility. My Lord -- 30 children!' Five hours later I get the news that the airplanes are well landed in London."

Event:  1939 January 11
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:42:06
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