Survivor of the Kindertransport asks if the world has learnt nothing of Guernicaletters in the Guardian yesterday,
even if I did help write one of them! 38 people of Jewish origin (& a number of others who wished to sign but missed the deadline) made it clear that Israel doesn’t speak for us. And 2 other excellent letters, including one from Emeritus Professor Leslie Baruch Brent, a survivor of the Kindertransport, 10,000 Jewish children brought over from Germany just before the start of the war.
The Zionists were opposed to this and other examples of ‘refugeeism’. If Jews were to be rescued then it was to Jewish Palestine they should go.
|Eine in der so genannten "Reichskristallnacht" (9. November 1938) zerstörte Synagoge in Berlin. (Bild: AP)|
|Emeritus Professor Leslie Baruch Brent|
‘If I knew that it would be possible to save all the children in Germany by bringing them over to England, and only half of them by transporting them to Eretz Yisrael, then I would opt for the second alternative. For we must weigh not only the life of these children, but also the history of the People of Israel.Yoav Gelber, Zionist Policy and the Fate of European Jewry (1939-42), Yad Vashem Studies, vol. XII, p.199. cited in Lenni Brenner, Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, Croom Helm, 1982.