Cyclists retrace Jewish child refugees' journey to Britain

Paul Alexander, center, attends a memorial bike ride from Berlin to London to mark the 'Kindertransport's' (children transport) 80th anniversary, near the train station Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Paul Alexander was one of the Jewish children whose life was saved with the transports from Berlin to London 80 years ago. (AP Photo/Miriam Karout)

Almost 80 years after the first "Kindertransport" evacuations of Jewish children to safety in Britain, 42 people have set off on a memorial bike ride from Berlin to London

BERLIN — Almost 80 years after the first "Kindertransport" evacuations of Jewish children to safety in Britain, 42 people set off Sunday on a memorial bike ride that will retrace their journey from Berlin to London.

The cyclists set off from Berlin's Friedrichstrasse station, where a statue commemorates the 10,000 mostly Jewish children who made it to Britain from Nazi Germany and elsewhere in Europe starting in late 1938.

Organized by the British-based World Jewish Relief group, the ride retraces the route of the trains. It's expected to take the riders six days to get to London's Liverpool Street station.

Among the saved children was Paul Alexander. The only participant in the ride who was on a Kindertransport — "children's transport" — he was joined by his 34-year-old son, Nadav, and 14-year-old grandson, Daniel.

"This ride is for me a victory ride. It's one of celebrating a good life," he said. "I'm riding also in honor of my mother and father who sent me away and had the courage and foresight to save me to send me away from the Holocaust."

"It's a ride I do every 80 years," joked Alexander, whose mother reluctantly sent him — aged only 1 — to safety abroad. He was able to reunite with his family in England, where they settled. He later moved to Israel.

Many of the rescued children never saw their parents again.

As Sunday's ride started, the cyclists gathered for a safety briefing and the Jewish prayer for travelers. The British ambassador and German government representatives gathered to see them off.

"Our past is a reminder to fight against anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of discrimination," said German Foreign Ministry representative Karina Haeuslmeier. "We owe this to the children who survived and those who didn't."

Related News

Hawaii authorities urge awareness of raw food risk

Aug 17, 2016

Hawaii authorities are urging diners to be aware of the risks of eating raw and undercooked food after they traced a hepatitis A outbreak to frozen scallops served raw at a sushi restaurant chain

Are France's burkini bans sexist, or liberating?

Aug 17, 2016

Male officials are dictating what women can wear on French beaches _ and people across a wide swath of French society say that's a good thing

Target cuts outlook as it sees fewer customers in stores

Aug 17, 2016

Target cut its profit forecast and a key sales outlook amid stiffer competition and its own stumbles in areas like groceries

Broaden News

Travel Stylo is an independent online travel website started by a group of friends who love traveling together. With Travel Stylo, you can travel with style.

Contact us: sales[at]travelstylo.com