A train relay to commemorate the Nazi deportation of over 12,000 Jewish children. A train will take the route of the deportations that, at the time, had been made by the “Reichsbahn,” visiting the home towns of the missing children. A mobile exhibition, installed in several wagons, will illustrate the fate of the deportees. The organizers hope to particularly incite young people to search for traces of the deported children in their towns. The ‘Train of Commemoration’, which started in 2007, aims at expanding this commemoration to point to the European dimension of this major crime. According to estimates, over one million children and youth from almost all countries on the continent were transported to their deaths by the “Reichsbahn”. Many of those responsible for the crime, have never been punished. The ‘Train of Commemoration’ is a citizens’ project, financed by initiatives in numerous German cities. Local groups, grassroots organizations and private donors are sharing the considerable costs. Trade unions, foundations and memorials are, among others, partners in this cooperation.
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