West Shore Community College, in partnership with The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Muskegon, will host Kindtertransport survivor Dr. Renata Laxova on Tues., April 25, from 12:30-1:45 p.m. at the WSCC Center Stage Theater.
Laxova was one of 669 Jewish children in Czechoslovakia saved from the Nazis by British humanitarian Sir Nicholas George Winston’s effort known as the Kindertransport. This was a series of rescue efforts between 1938 and 1940 which brought thousands of Jewish children to Great Britain from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. Kindertansport can be translated as “children’s transport.”
Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, Laxova will provide a firsthand account of her experiences. She lived in England during the war, and then returned to her home country where she earned a medical degree and training as a pediatrician. She remained in Czechoslovakia, under Communist rule, until the Prague Spring of 1968, when she once again escaped to England, and subsequently came to the United States.
This presentation is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. For more information, or if you are interested in bringing a school group, contact Mike Nagle at email@example.com or 231-843-5905 to make a reservation.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Communications & Community Engagement