Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism, spoke at Friends House in London on 80th anniversary of Kindertransport. The commemoration event was organised by Safe Passage.
L’dor va’dor nagid godlecha – from one generation, one dor to the next, we declare the greatness of the Creator of the Universe, the Creator of breath, life and refuge.
We declare that greatness in our prayers, but much more importantly with what we do as we’re responsible for the next generations l’dor va’dor.
In the previous generation, it was the children of central Europe who were desperate for a safe passage to escape the Shoah.
The Kindertransport was the answer to their prayers, as Sir Nicholas Winton and others stood up for those in need. L’dor va’dor.
Now, in our generation, it’s our responsibility, obligation and duty to pass that blessing on to the child refugees who we must respond to with the latest form of the Kindertransport.
We cannot, must not, be the generation to break our commitment.
We must ensure the bravery and selfless kindness of those who enabled thousands of Jews and their children and children’s children to survive doesn’t die with us.
L’dor va’dor, in every generation there are those who deserve a safe passage – now’s the time to answer their call, take a stand and take our turn to save those desperate for help in our generation.