Ruth Barnett, née Michaelis, came on a Kindertransport to England in 1939 with her seven-year-old brother, and lived for ten years separated from her parents in three foster families and a hostel. She studied in England, meeting her husband at the university. They had three children, and she taught for 19 years in the field of childhood development and education, focusing on children with adjustment problems. She completed her training as a psychotherapist and worked with members of the first and second generation in families affected by the Holocaust. Today, she links these two main themes in her projects on Holocaust education in Germany and Great Britain.
Ute Benz, born in 1942, taught in high schools and since 1980 has worked as an analytic psychotherapist for children and teens, as of 1991 in Berlin. She is a lecturer at the Technical University in Berlin and president of the Berlin Working Group on Relationship Therapy. She is the author of numerous publications.
Wolfgang Benz, born in 1941, historian, professor at the Technical University of Berlin and director of the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism. His numerous publications deal with German history of the 20th century.
Claudia Curio, born in 1971 in Berlin, studied history and sociology in Vienna and Berlin and at the University of Essex, England. Since 2000 she has been a doctoral candidate at the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism and archivist at the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism. In 2003/2004 she was Charles Revson Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. She has numerous publications, above all on children in exile in Britain.
Hildegard Feidel-Mertz, born in 1930, is a Ph.D. and professor emeritus on youth and adult education at the University of Kassel. Since 1970 her work has focused on the effects of educators who emigrated, from which has emerged—in addition to exhibits and publications—a broad collection on exile education with an emphasis on Jewish field schools during the Nazi period, and schools in exile. She lives in Frankfurt am Main.
Rebekka Göpfert, born in 1965 in Kempten, studied in Munich and in Münster and in 1997 received a doctorate for her work on the Kindertransport. Until 2001 she led a literature program for a Munich publisher, since then she has worked as an editor and [End Page vi] translator in Berlin. She has published, above all on the subjects of publishing and on the Kindertransport.
Andrea Hammel, born in 1968 in Giessen, studied German literature, comparative literature, and sociology. Since 1998 she has been a research fellow of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies. She is co-editor of The German-Jewish Dilemma: From the Enlightenment to the Holocaust and Writing after Hitler: The Work of Jakov Lind. Her research focuses on texts by female writers in exile, and autobiographies of former German-Jewish refugees. Publications on Hilde Spiel, Ruth Klüger, Jakov Lind, Silvia Rodgers and Selma Kahn. Supported by the British Academy, she worked on a database of autobiographical material from former Kindertransportees in England and is now engaged in an AHRB-funded project on a database of all archival materials relating to German-speaking refugees (1933-50) in Great Britain.
Susan Kleinman was a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Sussex. Her research interest lies with the experiences of refugees in Great Britain and themes of social exclusion and cultural adaptation. She now works in criminal justice.
Mona Körte, born in 1965, studied German literature and language, comparative literature and sociology in Frankfurt am Main and in Berlin. She received her doctoral degree in 1998 for a work on the figure of "The Eternal Jew" in literature; since 1999 she has been an assistant professor at the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism, focusing on: myths and stereotypes in literature, children's literature, German-Jewish autobiography, and questions of method in overlapping fields of literary studies...