Ruth Barnett (nee Michaelis) was born in 1935 in Berlin. In 1939, Ruth and her brother arrived in Britain on the Kindertransport. Over the next ten years, they lived with three foster families and in a hostel. Ruth was a secondary school teacher for 19 years and a psychotherapist for 28 years. She regularly shares her testimony in schools and colleges.
+ Conversation with Kindertransport survivor Ruth Barnett in discussion with Mike Levy, fellow in Holocaust Education and author Naomi Shepherd.
Attending this event
Mike Levy has long experience in Holocaust education and holds a fellowship in this subject with the Imperial War Museum. He runs history projects with schools and is currently researching for a PhD in British responses to the Kindertransport. He met Sir Nicholas Winton several times.
Naomi Shepherd ‘s Wilfrid Israel – German Jewry’s Secret Ambassador won the Wingate Prize and has just been re issued as an e-book. Her other books include The Zealous Intruders (the 19th century rediscovery of Palestine); Ploughing Sand (the British Mandate); A Price Below Rubies – ( Jewish women revolutionaries and radicals,) and Ashes a collection of short stories set in Israel.
Films screening at this event
- original title
- האיש הנעלם: הסיפור של וילפריד ישראל
- Yonatan Nir
- 71 min
Despite saving the lives of thousands of Jews, taking an integral role in the Kindertransport and working in partnership with the British intelligence, Wilfrid Israel is, for the most part, a forgotten hero. As the wealthy owner of one of Berlin’s largest department stores and an avid art collector, Israel was a high profile yet deeply enigmatic figure. Wilfrid Israel: The Essential Link explores not only Israel’s remarkable rescue operations but also the reasons they had been kept secret for so long.
Official Selection: Doc Aviv 2017
Official Selection: Berlin Jewish Film Festival
Official Selection: Toronto Jewish Film Festival