In just over two weeks’ time, World Jewish Relief is launching its most ambitious ever challenge: The Berlin to London Kindertransport commemorative cycle. To commemorate 80 years since our founders (the CBF) instigated the Kindertransport which saved the lives of 10,000 children, 42 intrepid cyclists will ride the route of the first train from Friedrichstrasse Station in Berlin via the Hook of Holland and ferry to Harwich to finish at London Liverpool Street. Over the coming weeks we will be celebrating some of these valiant cyclists and the individual ‘Kind’ they are riding for. First up is Phil Harris:
Phil’s journey will be extra emotional as he is beginning it at the very same flat his 16 year old grandmother, Ilse, left from almost 80 years ago. Her family managed to get her a place on the Kindertransport and send her to safety in London. She arrived with one small suitcase and no English but went on to become a dressmaker and have a wonderful family of her own. Tragically she never saw her parents again and later discovered they had perished in Aushwitz.
Where one journey ends another begins and just two days after completing the ride, Phil will be married in a Jewish ceremony to his partner Philly. They’ll be welcoming their first child soon after.
To find out more about Phil and Ilse or to support Phil's fundraising efforts go to: https://www.worldjewishrelief.org/philharrisberlinlondon
We’ll be posting updates from the ride to tell you more about Phil’s extraordinary journey. . .
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