Day 7: Kurt Taussig led by Nelson Mandela Primary School – 13th January
In partnership with Kings Heath Action for Refugees.
Children and staff of Nelson Mandela Primary School and its partner and participants of Kings Heath Action for Refugees came together to preview their campaign day film. The film illustrated the school’s artistic responses to Kurt Taussig’s testimony and their commitment to and action as a school of sanctuary in working with the refugee community.
"In Kurt Taussig’s name we pledge to share his testimony and be the light in the darkness for refugee children, by making them feel welcome.
"We will do this by donating toys and inviting children and their families to play."
Kurt came to the UK on the Kindertransport. The Germans placed him and his family in Hocalko Holiday Camp, which had become a refugee camp. They were then moved to a prison near Beroun.
He escaped on the Kindertransport thanks to his older brother, Erich, who had managed to secure places for both Kurt and his younger brother Karl.
Aged 18 he joined the RAF. He had wanted to fly ever since being a young child. He was the only Czech national in the British Royal Air Force as an officer. He volunteered himself for immediate service abroad when joining. He ended up part of a special squadron, aged 22, and flew spitfires. The spitfire he flew is now the only one left in Europe.