'We were both fortunate to be able to leave Germany on later Kindertransports but we had to leave our parents behind'
Bob and Ann Kirk, who both travelled to the UK on the Kindertransport
Bob and Ann's story
'Ann went first, leaving Berlin in April 1939 when she was just 10 years old.
She travelled by ship from Hamburg to Southampton and then boarded a train for London. She arrived at Waterloo Station, wearing a label around her neck and carrying just one small suitcase, and had to wait for her name to be called out.
Bob left Hanover in May 1939, aged 13. His transport of about 250 children travelled by train through Germany and Holland, then by ferry to Harwich and finally on another train to Liverpool Street Station There he also waited to hear his name called, with a label around his neck, and sitting on his little suitcase. Neither of us ever saw our parents again.
We met each other at a club for young Jewish refugees, and we married on 21 May 1950.
Today we both work to raise awareness of the Holocaust and the experience of the Kindertransport through speaking at activities for Holocaust Memorial Day and throughout the rest of the year. We have two sons and three wonderful grandchildren.'
Bob and Ann Kirk at the launch of our resources for Journeys
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 is Journeys
- Order or download your Activity Pack for HMD 2014
- Read Bob's life story
- Read Ann's life story
- Take a step for HMD 2014 by sharing the story of a survivor