Karen Gershon

Karen Gershon , born Kaethe Loewenthal (1923-1993) was a writer and poet  British born in Germany. He was able to flee, with fifteen years, to Great Britain in December of 1938.

His book “We came as Childen: A Collective Autobiography” uses a number of kindertransport testimonials to construct a unitary.

One of his best-known poems, “I Was not There,” describes his guilty feelings about not being there when his parents were killed by the Nazis .


United Kingdom

  • THE YEAR IMPLACABLE Poetas Nuevos 1959, Eyre & Spottiswoode 1960
  • SELECTED POEMS Gollancz 1966
  • MY DAUGHTERS, MY SISTERS Gollancz 1975
  • VOLUNT OF BABYLON Gollancz 1979
  • COLLECTED POEMS Macmillan, 1990 Papermac
  • NOTES OF GRACE (with drawings by Stella Tripp), Happy Dragons Press, 2002

Non Fiction

  • We came as children, Gollancz 1966, republished Macmillan, Papermac 1989
  • POSDATA: A Collective Account of the Lives of Jews in West Germany since the Second World War Gollancz 1969
  • A LITTLE CHILD (autobiography, v.1) Peter Owen 1993
  • BURN HELEN Harvester Press 1980
  • THE PAN OF EXILE Gollancz 1985
  • THE FIFTH GENERATION Gollancz 1987


  • We come as children Harcourt Brace & World 1967
  • SELECTED POEMS Harcourt Brace & World 1967
  • A TEMPERED WIND (autobiography, v.2, 1938 @ -1943) Northwestern University Press 2009


  • WIR KAMEN ALS More AMABLE Alibaba Verlag 1988
  • DAS FÜNFTE GENERATION Alibaba Verlag 1988
  • DAS UNTERKIND Rowohlt 1992
  • MICH NUR ZU TRÖSTEN BESTIMMT Karin Fischer, Roter Stein 2000 Edition


  • Peter Lawson (2006) Anglo-Jewish poetry by Isaac Rosenberg to Elaine Feinstein. Pub. Vallentine Mitchell.
  • JM Ritchie, Exiles that Germans speak in Britain , Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2001, ISBN 90-420-1537-3 .
  • Literary Property of Karen Gershon (see External Links).