Photo gallery: Prince Charles marks 75th anniversary of Kindertransport at Roundhouse
The Prince of Wales was guest of honour at The Roundhouse on Sunday as it hosted a choral performance to mark the 75th anniversary of a rescue mission that saw thousands of children flee Nazi persecution.
Prince Charles, who attended the theatre in Chalk Farm just hours after paying tribute to fallen armed forces personnel at the Cenotaph, joined dozens of those saved by the Kindertransport mission to watch The Last Train to Tomorrow.
The sold-out show retraced the journey of some 10,000 children aged as young as three who fled Nazi Germany without their parents in 1939 to find refuge in Britain.
Many, now in their 80s and 90s, never saw their parents again.
Bob Kirk, 89, who fled Hannover on the Kindertransport aged 13, was taken in by a foster family living in Hampstead Garden Suburb.
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He said: “It was such an exciting and emotional afternoon.
“The children performed wonderfully and the wording really did reflect the journey we took.
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“What I found particularly striking was the description of the German border police coming onto the train. I’ve never heard it expressed so well.
“It was great to see Prince Charles there as well. He’s been a great supporter.”
The afternoon was organised by the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) and also marked the anniversary of the start of Kristallnacht.
Commissioned by the Halle Orchestra, the show included songs composed and conducted by the internationally acclaimed artist Carl Davis and performed by The Finchley Children’s Music Group.
The event was hosted by newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, a member of the prime minister’s Holocaust Commission, and attended by a number of other dignitaries.
Andrew Kaufman, chairman of the AJR, said: “The AJR feel very privileged that Prince Charles could be part of this historic occasion.”