Trains to Life – Trains to Death

Hidden Berlin Instagram feed (6 December 2015)

On one side, five Jewish children gaze bleakly into a future of deportation, torture and death. But on the other, two are saved. All of the children are about to board trains – but while five youngsters in Frank Meisler's 2008 sculpture "Trains to Life – Trains to Death" are heading to the concentration camp, the other two are London-bound. They’re passengers on the Kindertransport – a rescue mission set up in the months prior to WWII, to try and save the youngest victims of Nazi-occupied Europe. The first “Kindertransport” train left Friedrichstraße for London Liverpool Street on 30 November 1938. Between 1938 and 1939, around 10,000 Jewish children found refuge in children’s homes or with British families – including Meisler himself. His work was erected “in gratitude to the people of Britain,” and forms part of a series, with corresponding pieces in Danzig, London Liverpool Street and Rotterdam. Over 1.5 million Jewish children were murdered under the Nazi regime – and with brutal symmetry, Meisler remembers those who were both lost and saved in one of Europe’s darkest hours. #FrankMeisler #Meisler #Kindertransport #Friedrichstraße #BerlinArt #Sculpture #WWII #WWIIMemorial #JewishChildren #Berlin #Berlinstagram #IgersBerlin #WorldWar2 #BerlinMonuments #Holocaust

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