Man saved from Nazis to discuss Kindertransport

John Rosen, age 8
John Rosen, age 8
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Grand Valley’s Frederik Meijer Honors college will host an event featuring John Rosen, a man who survived World War II because he left Germany as a child in 1939 on the Kindertransport, a movement which saved the lives of more than 10,000 Jewish children. 

“Remembering the Kindertransport” will be held at 4 p.m. on November 5 in the multipurpose room of the Mary Idema Pew Library. 

Rosen, 82, was one of the thousands of children under the age of 17 whose existence was threatened by the Nazi government. Rosen will discuss his experiences as a small child during the Kindertransport, and his experiences that followed in England and the United States. 

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

An exhibit will be displayed in the Mary Idema Pew Library November 1-24. "The Kindertransport Journey" describes, through documents and photographs, the experience of ten thousand Jewish children who were brought to safety in Britain from their homes in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on November 4 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Mary Idema Pew Library.

The exhibit, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and GVSU Hillel, is on loan from the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, New York. It is free and open to the public during library hours.

Rosen’s presentation is part of a series of Kindertransport-related events. More information can be found here.