Thousands of Jewish children were saved during the Holocaust by the Kindertransport programs that carried them away from the murderous Nazis. And even though those who did survive the Holocaust are aging and passing away, those who are still alive remember the ways in which they were saved. The Times of Israel's Hui Min Neo tells us the story of Paul Alexander, who at 81 is retracing the 600-mile trip - on a bicycle - that saved his life:
Paul Alexander was just a toddler when his mother handed him to a volunteer nurse on a train leaving Nazi Germany in 1939.
Now 81, the former refugee child will on Sunday begin retracing that journey to freedom — but this time by bicycle as part of a commemorative ride to pay tribute to the Kindertransport [child transport] program that saved him and thousands of Jewish children eight decades ago.
“I did this journey 79 years ago when I came out from the hatred of Nazi Germany to the safety in England. I’m going to do that ride,” he told AFP.
“The thought that came to my head is that this is my answer to Hitler, to sort of prove to myself, to show the world and to express my thanks for succeeding in life and being a happy married man with a family.”
Alexander will be doing the 600-mile (1,000-kilometer) bike journey with his 34-year-old son and 15-year-old grandson...