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Great London Sculptures: Kindertransport – The Arrival by Frank Meisler at Liverpool Street Station

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Kindertransport – The Arrival is a bronze memorial sculpture by Frank Meisler which is located in the entrance to Liverpool Street station in London. The sculpture commemorates the 10,000 Jewish children who escaped Nazi persecution and arrived at the station during 1938–1939. The memorial was installed in 2006 and was commissioned by World Jewish Relief and the Association of Jewish Refugees.

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The Kindertransport was a rescue effort that took place just before the outbreak of the Second World War. It was estimated that the United Kingdom took in around 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. The children were placed in a variety of foster homes, hostels and schools. This action saved the life of the children because they were often the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust.

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Frank Meisler who created the sculpture had a personal experience of Kindertransport, Frank Meisler was born into a Jewish family in Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland), he was evacuated by the Kindertransport in 1939, travelling with other Jewish children via Berlin to the Netherlands and then to Liverpool Street station in London. His parents were arrested after his departure and were later murdered at Auschwitz concentration camp.

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Meisler was raised by a grandmother, who lived in London and did national service in the Royal Air Force before studying architecture at the University of Manchester.

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He moved to Israel in 1960 and has created a number of Kindertransport memorials all around Europe and sculptures in Israel and Russia.

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