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Insight into ‘Kindertransport’ World War II evacuation

Aston

20 February 2014

Susi Bechöfer, a Jewish World War II refugee, gave an insight into her evacuation experiences at a public talk at Aston University.

Susi was one of 10,000 Jewish children evacuated to the UK from Germany and Europe as part of Kindertransport. This was a series of rescue efforts which brought thousands of refugees from Nazi occupied countries in mainland Europe between 1938 and 1940. 

Uprooted from her home in Munich to foster parents in Wales, Susi spoke about her harrowing story and experiences in both Germany and the UK. Forced to repress her German identity, at the age of 52, Susi began a painful journey of rediscovering her roots and exploring the fate of her mother who vanished in Auschwitz. Her life story has been the subject of BBC TV documentaries and provided the major model for W.G. Sebald’s acclaimed novel “Austerlitz” (2001).

The public talk and discussion was organised by Uwe Schütte, Reader in German in Aston’s School of Life and Social Sciences.

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For further media information please contact Alex Earnshaw, University Communications on 0121 204 4549 or a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk