Into the Arms of Strangers
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Just prior to World War II, an extraordinary rescue operation aided the youngest victims of Nazi terror. Ten thousand Jewish and other children were transported from German-held lands to foster homes and hostels in Great Britain. Some built new family ties. Some endured the Blitz. Some, amazingly, found ways to liberate their own parents from Hitler's tyranny. And all have unforgettable stories to tell.
From Mark Jonathan Harris, writer/director of the Academy Award winning The Long Way Home, and producer Deborah Oppenheimer (whose mother was one of the 10,000 children), comes this superb, Oscar winning documentary filled with rare archival footage and featuring gripping remembrances by the child survivors, rescuers and parents of the heroic Kindertransport. Judy Dench narrates.
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Both recall the experiences of several (distant) relatives and friends. They have also recommended this movie as very worthwhile viewing matter! But it is not easy watching and may leave a viewer very upset what these folks suffered after their arrival in the UK., They were "farmed out" to various homes. Some were treated quite well; others - girls- had to act as maids and governesses for the family's children. Later on, some of them went to USA to start new lives again. But on the whole the very lives of these youngster were saved from the Holocaust. By the way, a number of these youngsters were also "weaned away" from their Jewish religion because of their new family's religious practices.
Be sure to see this movie to learn some history that has remained almost completely hidden and neglected
My personal experiences include the departure of some of these children to the UK, as well as to Palestine (now Israel). These youngsters were my own age! Many of them never saw their parents again.
So therefore this represents a very special way to re-tell some my own eperiences , but seen with diferent eyes.