Kindertransport: Pupils re-enact emotional journey to mark 80th anniversary

Schoolchildren across the region have been retracing the emotional journey of thousands of young refugees to mark the anniversary of the Kindertransport.

Eighty years ago, the first Jewish children to flee the Nazis started arriving by ferry at Harwich in Essex.

The Kindertransport to the UK started after the violence of Kristallnacht in November 1938. In total, around 10,000 children escaped from Germany before the outbreak of World War Two.

To mark the anniversary, students have re-enacted the journey at the stations of Harwich, Colchester, Ipswich and Manningtree.

Children re-enact the Kindertransport journey 80 years on. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The recreations will serve as a poignant reminder of this amazing rescue effort, the part Harwich and East Anglia played in offering these children a new life, and how it relates to the modern refugee crisis the world is facing today." >

Tabitha Runacres, Community engagement officer