Paul Alexander stands in front of a commemorative statue, dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the 'Kindertransport' (children transport), near the train station Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Paul Alexander, one of the children whose life was saved with the transports from Berlin to London, attends a memorial bike ride from Berlin to London to mark the Kindertransport's 80th anniversary. (AP Photo/Miriam Karout)

Cyclists retrace Jewish child refugees' journey to Britain

June 17, 2018 - 10:23 am

BERLIN (AP) — Almost 80 years after the first "Kindertransport" evacuations of Jewish children to safety in Britain, 42 people have set off on a memorial bike ride from Berlin to London.

The cyclists departed Sunday from Berlin's Friedrichstrasse station, where a statue commemorates the 10,000 mostly Jewish children who made it to Britain from Nazi Germany and elsewhere starting in late 1938.

Organized by the British-based World Jewish Relief group, the ride retraces the route of the trains. It's expected to take the cyclists six days to get to London's Liverpool Street station.

Paul Alexander is the only cyclist who was on a Kindertransport, or "children's transport." He was evacuated at age 1. His 34-year-old son and 14-year-old grandson are joining him on the memorial ride.

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