Saturday, April 21, 2007


4/18/2007 8:59:00 PM

by Anath Hartmann
Special to WJW

Henry Kahn was 16 years old the last time he saw his parents alive.

That was 68 years ago.

“I saw them for the last time before I came to England,” Kahn, a German-born Kindertransport Holocaust survivor whose English cousin sponsored his move to Britain in 1939, told Jewish high schoolers and middle schoolers Sunday evening at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville.

“But compared to most, I didn’t have a horrible experience. Š I worked in a factory so I would learn something, and in July [of 1940] I was taken with other foreign internees by train to Liverpool. We lived in a tent camp. There we were asked, ‘Who wants to volunteer to be interned at an overseas dominion?’ ” recalled the Bethesda resident. “But we didn’t know where overseas. I volunteered anyway, and they took us to Australia. Ten days after we arrived, they took us by boat to Bombay, India. It took 2 1/2 months, and I stayed in India, where I met my wife, till 1946, when we moved to the U.S.”

Kahn’s story was not the only one told at B’nai Israel last weekend. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council in honor of the 64th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Sunday’s communitywide event, “Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah: Holocaust Heroes and Martyrs Day” included a Dor L’Dor (Generation to Generation) portion, featuring storytelling by more than 10 child Holocaust survivors at a pizza dinner.