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Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

Although there have been many filmic representations of the Holocaust such as Life is Beautiful or Schindler’s List, this Oscar-winning documentary examines one of the lesser known stories of World War Two: the rescue of thousands of Jewish children from Germany, Czechoslovakia and Austria during the nine months leading up to the war.

As Hitler’s power began to increase, families saw a way out for their children. Travelling by Kindertransport train they were sent ‘into the arms of strangers’ to start new lives in Britain, where they were allocated to different families. This film focuses on a handful of individuals, now in their seventies and eighties. Director Mark Jonathan Harris provides these survivors with the opportunity of relating their experiences. Interspersing the interviews with original footage of the trains departing, he offers a context for their stories. The film is narrated by Judi Dench.

USA w 2000 w Documentary w 117 mins w Director: Mark Jonathan Harris

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