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Part of the Family: Christadelphians, the Kindertransport, and Rescue from the Holocaust by [Hensley, Jason]
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In 1938 and 1939, via a movement known as the Kindertransport, thousands of Jewish children were taken from Nazi-occupied territories to safety in Great Britain. They came to a new family, a new country, and a new life. Approximately 250 of these children were sponsored by Christadelphians, a small Christian group.

Often the Holocaust is considered in terms of statistics: how many perished and how many were affected, so much so that at times the individual stories are lost in the numbers. This series examines the experiences of the individuals who came to England as children, and lived with Christadelphians.

Ten of these child survivors, and their families, participated in the effort to bring about this first volume.

These are their stories.

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  • Print Length: 424 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01FPAA5P4
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Written, Couldn't Put It Down 28 May 2016
By Stephen J. De Marco - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very well written and a very interesting read. I put down two other books I was reading at the time because I couldn’t put this one down once I started reading it. I was captivated by the plight of the Jewish parents who clearly knew that they wouldn’t survive but sent their children to safety in England. Then there was the difficulty and anguish of the young children being separated from their parents and making a new life with new families. It was very interesting that the Christadelphians took action to save these children and raise them as their own because of their belief in the promises of God to the Jews through Abraham.

The background stories of the rise of Hitler and his attacks on the Jews throughout Europe gives excellent testimony to the times. Many of the Jews lived in their countries fully assimilated in multi-cultural societies. I marvel at how quickly these civilizations fell apart and/or were broken. That alone is an example of the fragility of civilization and the human peace treaties. Trust in God not governments is the moral.

I have a keen interest in this subject as my mother is English and she lived through the German air attacks near London. I also have relatives who were Jewish and did not make it out of Romania alive. My father was in General Eisenhower's command, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, and was with him when he freed one of the German concentration camps. But he would never talk about it. This book brought those days alive for me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking but heartwarming 27 June 2016
By Kathleen A Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection of stories brings human faces to the abstract history of the Nazi horrors. Holocaust deniers should be ashamed. Full disclosure: I am a Christadelphian myself, and have an aunt who lived in London during the war years, also a Christadelphian. Her aunt and uncle sheltered a "Kinder", whom she knew well, as part of the family. In fact, she continued throughout her life to correspond with this girl, and her sister, who was also a refugee. My aunt is now 100 years old, and confirms that although the girls were cherished, and participated in all family activities, including bible study and church attendance, it was of their own volition and no attempt was made to convert them. As the book stresses, the Bible stresses the importance of God's relationship with his chosen people, and His eventual plan for them in His kingdom. So why would we Gentiles a use and persecute them? Rather we should respect and when necessary protect the Jewish people. Congratulations Jason on a very comprehensive and compelling book. I look forward to reading more survivors ' stories, although there is no doubt not all end
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet and Informative stories 27 July 2016
By Kristy H Cobb - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very interesting and well written! I enjoyed reading the stories of the Kinders. They all had very sad, but heartwarming stories that were very informative to me. It had to be terribly heart-wrenching for the parents to give up their own children to families they'd never met in a different country with a totally different language. The children were so young and didn't know what or who awaited them in their new homes. Many thanks to the Christadelphian families who took the children into their homes and made them part of the family after they had lost everything. Before this book, I had never even heard of the Kindertransport. As a Christadelphian, myself, I was even more pleased to read that my fellow brothers and sisters were so kind to the poor Jewish children. They truly set a wonderful example of how Christ's followers should treat not only the Jewish people, but all peoples.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but also thankfulness for those who didn't just feel sad for a moment and then go on with their ... 3 June 2016
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I couldn't put this book down. I was deeply moved. Sadness yes, but also thankfulness for those who didn't just feel sad for a moment and then go on with their lives, but stepped up and did something! These people "walked the walk". What an amazing gift to know this story. Thank you Jason!
Holly Armstrong, Oregon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and heart warming! 27 July 2016
By Mrs Susan D Tappouras - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was both tragic and inspiring! It was heart wrenching that children so young were sent away by their very courageous parents so that they weren't engulfed in the horrific events to come. But at the same time it was heart warming to read of people inspired by God's word, the Bible, to bless the Jewish people by welcoming these children into their families. A great read.