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Sunday, 29 May 2011

Monumental Children Return to Meet Their Saviour at Liverpool St

Flor Kent's much admired sculpture "Fur Das Kind" has returned to Liverpool Street Station.


These two haunting figures are a memorial to the WWII Kindertransport rescue of children, partly made possible by Sir Nicholas Winton's  missions, during which 669 children of mostly Jewish origin were saved.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the “Winton Train” which brought children from Prague to London. 

Last Saturday, the 21st May, Sir Nicholas Winton was met at Liverpool Street station by descendants of the real-life rescued “children” together with their families who had arrived on a special steam locomotive that had just retraced the original route. He duly rededicated the statue in the week of his 102nd birthday! An amazing and inspirational man, more about him and his work here.



The original statue was dedicated in 2003. In that version the girl stood next to a glass suitcase, which  contained objects that the real children had brought with them to England. Problems with conserving the objects and the need for planning permission to be granted to add the figure of the boy have caused the delays in it's return. Photos of the statue in it's 2003 incarnation from "The Poor Mouth" Blog here.



The statues are part of an international network of commemoration, which also includes Für Das Kind/ For The Child- Vienna in Westbahnhof Station,  Pro Dite / For The Child- Prague in the Central Hlavni Nadrazi, the Für Das Kind Collection of Original Objects at the Imperial War Museum and  the Für Das Kind International Travelling Exhibition.

The very high winds last week damaged an exhibition also timed to coincide with this event. "Winton's Trains" was due to have opened for a month in the Bishopsgate entrance to the station. It is currently being rescheduled details here http://www.wintonstrain.com/


I think we owe it to all concerned, to visit the exhibition as soon as it re-opens.


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5 Comments:

At 1 June 2011 at 14:11 , Blogger jams o donnell said...

It's so good to see the oringial Fur Das Kind statue back. I Have ve liked the replacement in Hope Swuare. It is a shame that the original display of meorabilia was not as proof to the enviroment as expected.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 14:12 , Blogger jams o donnell said...

oh yes thanks for the link to the Poor Mouth!

 
At 2 June 2011 at 07:34 , Blogger Peter Berthoud said...

Thanks for this Jams. I agree I have always found this memorial more moving than the one in Hope Square. Was very happy to find your excellent blog whilst researching this post. Pleased that thanks to you the original version is properly documented on the net.

 
At 7 June 2011 at 14:09 , Anonymous sam said...

hey jams its me again (sam morris (boy statue)) im so happy the statue is in london not miles away in vienna

 
At 10 June 2011 at 09:07 , Blogger Peter Berthoud said...

Thanks Sam, I think you meant to post this comment on Jams' blog but it was a real pleasure to have the real-life model for such an excellent statue pop by here!

 

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