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Learning from Evil: Liesl's story

Liesl Munden at home in Mylor Bridge
Liesl Munden arrived in England as a teenager on the Kindertransport

Liesl Munden grew up in Dusseldorf, but her life was shattered in 1938 when the events of Kristallnacht sent shockwaves through the Jewish community across Germany.

Liesl Munden lives in Mylor Bridge near Truro. BBC Radio Cornwall's Donna Birrell visited Lisl to hear her story. Click on the audio link on this page to hear more.

Back in 1938 Liesl's parents realised what was about to happen and arrranged for their 15 year old daughter to flee the Nazi regime, on the Kindertransport to Britain.

Liesl's essay which was corrected by her father

Between December 1938 and the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 around 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees came to Britain on Kindertransport trains.

Even though Liesl's father Ludwig had fought for Germany in the First World War, he and his wife Emma were deported into Eastern Europe and murdered by the Nazis.

To this day Liesl treasures her belongings from her teenage years with her parents, especially an essay.

She says: "It is a composition I wrote in 1938. I wrote it out for the last time. I made a mistake. My father was pretty strict. He told me to stop crying and eradicated the mistake with a razor blade, then he made it all smooth for me to put the extra letter in."

To this day the slight change made by Liesl's father can be seen in the essay. It remains one of the very personal items Liesl has from her life in Germany.

"At 3am that night all hell was let loose and the Nazi's came. That was the turning point. My parents decided to put my name on the list for the Kindertransport. I was given a number.

"I was looking forward to this great new experience; a new country and a new language.

"My parents said all along then would come and join me. At the time I was so positive at the time.

"I said goodbye on the platform. I never realised it was a final goodbye, but I think my parents knew."

Today Liesl shares her story around schools in Cornwall, ensuring the children of today never forget the atrocities of Auschwitz and the Second World War.




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