AJR Refugee Voices Holocaust Memorial Day Event 2022


The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is "One Day". Kurt Marx BEM came to the UK on 18 January 1939, as a 13-year-old boy on a Kindertransport from Cologne. After a short address by Dr Susanne Frane, Head of Culture and Education at the German Embassy London, Archive Director Dr Bea Lewkowicz will talk to Kurt, Larissa Schmitz and his granddaughter Johanna Marx on the 83rd anniversary of his arrival in Britain.

Larissa Schmitz is a German journalist who got in touch with Kurt because she found Stolpersteine near her apartment in Cologne and wanted to know more about Kurt and his family. They have since become friends and in this conversation, we will find out how their friendship has changed their lives and their perception of history.

Johanna Marx will add her third-generation perspective on her grandfather’s journey back to Cologne. We will be discussing the importance of local remembering in Germany and the UK and explore what role individuals can play in the future of Holocaust education.

Time: 17:00-18:30 (CET)
Organized by the Association of Jewish Refugees Testimony Archive