AUGUST 26 - DECEMBER 31, 2018


Childhood Left at the Station:

A Tribute to the Children of the Kindertransport


This newly curated exhibit highlights 10 of the 10,000 children (kinder) who traveled alone on Kindertransports from Nazi-occupied territories to Great Britain and other countries, including Switzerland and Sweden, between December 1938 and September 1939. Most of the rescued children never saw their families again. The exhibit's artifacts and vivid personal narratives weave together a story of tragedy, heartbreak, resilience, bravery and kindness.

Included in the exhibit are:

  • Rita Berwald (1924-2008): Born in Leipzig, Germany; mother of Museum board member Michele Gold.
  • Bea Green, JP: Born in Munich in 1925; lawyer, mother and opera singer.
  • Lisa Jura (1924-1997): Born in Vienna; concert pianist and music teacher, mother of concert pianists Mona and Renee Golabek.
  • Dave Lux: Born in Negrovec, Czechoslovakia in 1933; Los Angeles resident, Israeli military veteran and artist rescued by Sir Nicholas Winton.
  • Greta Meier (1924-2015): Born in Bocholt, Germany; mother, grandmother and great grandmother. 
  • Frank Meisler (1925-2018): Born in Free City of Danzig; Israeli sculptor and architect.
  • Sylva Oppenheimer (1928-1993): Born in Chemnitz, Germany; mother of filmmaker Deborah Oppenheimer.
  • Dame Stephanie Shirley: Born in Dortmund, Germany in 1933; British information technology pioneer, businesswoman, and philanthropist.
  • Charles Susskind (1921-2004): Born in Prague; UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering Professor.
  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer: Born in Germany in 1928; psychologist, author, and media personality.

Click here for information about the exhibit opening on August 26 at 3:00pm.