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Into The Arms Of Strangers - Stories Of The Kindertransport (2000)

Judi Dench , Alexander Gordon , Mark Jonathan Harris  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Judi Dench, Alexander Gordon, Lory Cahn, Kurt Fuchel, Eva Hayman
  • Directors: Mark Jonathan Harris
  • Writers: Mark Jonathan Harris
  • Producers: Alicia Dwyer, Cayce Callaway, Deborah Oppenheimer, Lou Fusaro
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MEPJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,285 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Into The Arms Of Strangers - Stories Of The Kindertransport" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 2 feature length commentaries by the filmmakers - with bonus video segments branching from the track
  • Bonus interviews with Lord Richard Attenborough and other Kindertransport participants
  • Coverage of the London and Berlin premieres featuring HRH Prince Charles and Chancellor Gerhard Schoder
  • Historical artifacts and photo galleries
  • Kinder, parent and rescuer profiles
  • Original theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

The story of how Jewish children were sent to Great Britain by their parents during World War II to protect them from Hitler.
Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG
Release Date: 29-MAR-2005
Media Type: DVD

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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a rehash - an ORIGINAL , inspiring documentary September 23, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I could watch this documentary over and over. For those who may not know of the Kindertransport, it was a major effort to get children out of Germany, Czechoslovakia and other countries and into Britain. Parents had to give up their children to strangers, hoping for the best.
Years later, the film-makers have interviewed actual participants in the Kindertransport and done an amazing job. This one stands out for several reasons. First, the accounts, told from the point of view those who were in the Kindertransport, are vivid and engrossing, revealing the sense of wonder, fear and courage the children experienced as they were given up by their parents. The score which accompanies the movie adds poignancy and depth without being manipulative or overly sentimental - not an easy task to pull off. If you still have doubts about purchasing this movie, rent it first (it just came out in a rental version). One viewing and I guarantee you'll want to own your own copy.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My mother's story March 11, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
My mother left Vienna when she was 16, in the spring of 1939. Though she'd told my sister and me stories about traveling on a train and ending up with a family in England, neither of us had much of a sense of what had happened beyond her safe arrival in England, her being taken in by a loving family, and her eventual emigration to the US.
Into the Arms of Strangers helped me better understand the story of her life and that of thousands of others. The stories are gripping; the film is well-conceived and produced. The interviews are powerful.
The special power of this film is that it puts human faces on a moral outrage so enormous that we easily lose any sense of scale. Each interviewee tells a story which, though deeply personal, touched me as a fellow human being and as the child of a kindertransport child. This film helps us to understand the infinite worth of each individual-- those who were blessed with survival, and those who perished.
In a few months, my mother will turn 80. After viewing this film, I have the overwhelming desire to hear her tell the story of the kindertransport from her own experience. We must hear and pass on these stories before they are lost, and Into the Arms of Strangers is an excellent place to begin.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adopted December 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the more moving documentaries I have seen. It accomplishes something wonderful--takes the viewer into the lives and minds of a handful of children whose parents managed to get them onto Britain's World War II Kindertransport relief effort.

After the March 1938 Anschluss, Great Britain agreed to accept all Jewish children whose care could be guaranteed, and by November 9 and 10 1938, 431 children were placed. Kristallnacht opened the floodgates, and by September 1939 another 9,354 children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia streamed into Britain with help from 5 groups including B'nai Brith and the Refugee Children's Movement; 1,850 more came via Youth Aliya and agricultural groups. More than 11,000 children were thus saved from Nazi fires that extinguished the lives of 6 million Jewish people, including 1 million children.

The statistics pale, however, next to the human faces and stories that this film provides. Viewers meet perhaps a dozen aging survivors of the trauma that both preserved their lives and separated them from their parents--usually, forever.

Not all parents could stand the strain. One woman recounts how her father pulled her out of the train window as it left the station without her and all the horrors that befell her family afterwards. Each story is more painful and enduring than the last.

These children endured the direst imaginable circumstances, and yet learned afterwards that far worse had happened to their families. There are as many layers as people here, all of whom made something of their lives. Yet the film is accessible to everyone--and especially meaningful for children who were themselves adopted.

---Alyssa A. Lappen
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten thousand points of light in the darkness May 9, 2002
Format:DVD
Dark, scary times create fear in the hearts of all. They also create moments of light, which shine out in the darkness, bright, illuminating, inspiring. "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport" is a film of such remarkable light, of inspiration, that it even overcomes the horror surrounding them, leaving us speakless, breathless, and without a dry eye.
Told from the point of view of children, "Kindertransport" weaves a narrative of parents, fearing Hitler's evil polciies, choosing to send their children away simply in order to save their lives. From 1938-1939, thousands of children were sent to Britian, in order to live. Survivors recount their trials, their ordeals, the reality of their lives as they left their parents, and is heartbreaking.
Amazingly, some of the people who took in the children were interviewed too. At first as an act of mercy, these people grew to love the children who were merely guests in their homes. One woman breaks down as she recalls the boy she took in leaving her is so incredibly moving, as it happened fifty years ago..
We will never forget what happened. Films such as these will help keep these stories alive for centuries to come. Watch this film, and remember.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... was not expecting a documentary but this was really good. I...
I was not expecting a documentary but this was really good. I learned a lot .This part of history was new to me and I am glad to know this happened. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Beverly P
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Heartbreahing Story
If only we could be as kind to children crossing our border to escape their countries.
Published 7 days ago by Katypandora
3.0 out of 5 stars shows a segment of history and a side of the second world war that...
very informative and moving in the presentation; was looking for a movie more than just an extensive narrative with picture backups. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Charles B. Nolan
2.0 out of 5 stars Sound quality
The sound quality was not good. It was very hard to hear the commentary and dialogue throughout the entire movie.
Published 3 months ago by Chas
5.0 out of 5 stars Love never ends
This is a touching documentary the courage and love of parents to give up their most precious belongings for them not to suffer even though that means they will not see them again.
Published 3 months ago by Aranzazu Calzado
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindertransport
This was a rather surprising documentary. It was not filled with pictures of the horrors of the holocaust, but had a rather positive message. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sBenoit
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
I was very pleased with my order. My order exceeded my expectations. My order will go great with my World War II DVD Collection. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Julia A Couch
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth while to see
I would recommend everyone from middle school children to adults to see this most moving film which portrays another side of the Holocaust and its survivors. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ilana Neufeld
3.0 out of 5 stars Into the Arms of Strangers? / Judi Dench
Aree you kidding me? I searched Dame Judi Dench? Never saw her, nor heard her. The documentary was interesting from the perspective of those alive to participate in the footage,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sudz
5.0 out of 5 stars Children
Judi Dench did a beautiful job narrating this serious biography. Hearing what these children went thru and how it changed them was difficult. Read more
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