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Friday is the third day of the visit of the British royal couple to Germany. King Charles III and his wife Camilla arrived in Hamburg. They arrived at Dammtor station by regular ICE train. At the station, they visited the “Kindertransport – Last Farewell” memorial site dedicated to thousands of Jewish children who were saved from the Holocaust by being transported to Great Britain.

Hamburg Mayor Peter Tschentscher and his wife Eva-Maria welcomed the royal couple and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Buedenbender at Dammtor station.

King Charles III on the trainPAP/EPA/FlashPic/POOL

At the southern exit of Dammtor station, the royal couple visited the memorial site “Kindertransport – der letzte Abschied” (Kindertransport – the last farewell). The bronze sculpture commemorates mostly Jewish children who were sent to Britain to save them from German anti-Semitism. Queen CamillaEva-Maria Tschentscher and Elke Buedenbender laid white roses at the monument.

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King Charles III in HamburgPAP/EPA/PHILIP SINGER

A group of sculptures represents the moment of saying goodbye to two children on the tracks, while a young woman and four other children stay behind. The monument commemorates the great rescue operation before the outbreak of World War II: from December 1938 to August 1939, over ten thousand children, mostly Jewish, were brought to Great Britain by trains and ships. In 2006, Karol unveiled a similar sculpture entitled “Kindertransport – The Arrival” (Kindertransport – Przyjazd) in Liverpool Street Station in London, where Jewish children had arrived.

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A similar place is located in Gdańsk

Other Kindertransport memorials are located in Berlin, Rotterdam, Prague, Vienna, Frankfurt and Gdańsk. Kindertransport organization in Germany and the Association of Jewish Refugees in Great Britain are working closely together to preserve this moment in history in the memory of future generations.

British royal couple in HamburgPAP/EPA/PHILIP SINGER

“On the night of the pogrom on November 9/10, 1938, it became clear to the world what fate awaits the Jewish population under the rule of the (German – ed.) National Socialists.” The Dutch and British refugee committees launched “one of the largest rescue operations to enable the survival of children from countries occupied by Germany,” the website kindertransporte-1938-39 reads. Over ten thousand children have been taken in by British families or placed in shelters. “Boys and girls aged four months to 17 years left without their parents for a country whose language and culture they did not know. Many children saw their families for the last time at the train station; they died in the Holocaust.”

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