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Vienna to host Kindertransport museum

(JTA) – Vienna will be the home of what organizers are calling the world’s first permanent museum dedicated to the story of the Kindertransport. The memorial museum known in German as “For the Child” was set to open in the center on Wednesday, Dec. 10 – the 76th anniversary of the departure of the first group of Jewish children from Vienna as part of the organized shipment of Jewish children, often by their own parents, to save them from the Holocaust. The museum is dedicated to the stories of the people who helped organize the shipment of approximately 10,000 children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland to England between 1938 and 1939. The modest-sized museum will open in a basement on the Radetzkystrasse, which the Nazis used to house Jewish families before their deportation. It was made possible with donations from five sponsors.

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