Episode 50: Trains to Life – Trains to Death


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Dorothea-Schlegel-Platz, 10117 Berlin


  • Designed by Frank Meisler
  • Inaugurated on the anniversary of the first Kindertransport

Right outside Friedrichstrasse Station, lies a statue that is impossible to miss: the Trains to Life – Trains to Death memorial by Frank Meisler. It represents on one side the children that were deported to concentration camps during the National Socialist rule and, on the other side, the ones that were able to survive thanks to the rescue action called Kindertransporte, that took persecuted children from Berlin Friedrichstrasse to London. Meisler was one of the children saved by the Kindertransporte action in August 1939.

The piece has two sisters by the same artist: one outside Gdansk’s main station and one by London’s Liverpool Station where the Kindertransporte arrived.

To know more about the statue and the Kindertransporte, listen to the talk below:

Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas

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