Channel Crossing to Life (2011) Frank Meisler
The image Channel Crossing to Life recalls the Jewish children's transports from the years 1938-1939. Children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland were shipped via Hoek van Holland to England. With the help of Dutch citizens and refugee organizations, these children managed to escape the deportations. Some children ended up well, but others were left to their own devices and exploited. Many of them never saw their parents again. The Israeli sculptor Frank Meisler was such a child himself. He was sent to London via the Kindertransport program at the age of 10 just nine months before the outbreak of the Second World War. His parents died in concentration camps. Meisler produced three other monuments in Gdansk, Berlin and London along the Kindertransport route in addition to this artwork in Hoek van Holland. The monument Channel Crossing to Life therefore forms part of an international project. The image was created with the support of various organizations, including the Association of Jewish Refugees. The statue was officially unveiled in May of Aboutaleb in 2011 and was donated to the city of Rotterdam. Both children from Hoek van Holland, and survivors of the transports at the time, were present at the unveiling. For more information: Shed 24 and Jewish Children's Monument Rotterdam.
The Israeli sculptor Frank Meisler (1929-2018) was originally born in modern-day Poland (Free City of Danzig) and studied architecture at the University of Manchester. He was internationally active as a sculptor and realized sculptures commissioned by (senior) administrators in Israel, Germany, Russia, Poland, England and the United States, among others. A large part of his work refers to Jewish culture and history. Meisler lived in Jaffa (Israel).