The Story Behind the Exhibition:
Most people have forgotten about it, if they ever even knew in the first place. They called it Operation Kindertransport–the mission that to save endangered children. At the time it began, Hitler already ruled Germany and Austria; the holocaust was in its beginning stages. Then Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) saw Nazi forces implementing a series of programs against Jewish families resulting in the death of 91 and the arrest and assignment to concentration camps for 30,000 others. Suddenly, those watching knew that things were about to get a lot worse.
Five days later, several concerned Jewish and Quaker UK citizens went to the British government asking for help in a rescue mission they were planning to help children most at risk. The original idea was to collect children or teens in danger of arrest, orphans, and children whose parents were imprisoned. The UK would then house and