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Kindertransport (NHB Modern Plays) (Nick Hern Books) Paperback – 1 May 2008

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books; 2nd edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185459527X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854595270
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful contribution to Holocaust literature ... presented with emotional clarity and intense sympathy. New Yorker

Searing theatre that cuts across a continuum of suffering to the very heart of what unifies us as human --The Times

I defy anyone who is a mother or a daughter not to feel a shiver up the spine and the prick of tears as three generations of women count the price of survival...This play tells a true story in more ways than one. --Guardian

Diane Samuels' tale of a nine-year-old Jewish girl escaping an increasingly dangerous pre-War Germany for the relatively safe confines of Manchester has become a classic. --The Stage

About the Author

Diane Samuels was born in Liverpool in 1960 and worked as a drama teacher before becoming a full time writer in 1992. She lives in north London.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
It surprises me that a play such as this is regularly performed yet still largely unknown. It centres around the character of Eva, brought to England during the Kindertransport which took Jewish children out of Germany, and her adult self, renamed Evelyn, as she helps her daughter, Faith, to move out of home for the first time. The play focuses on the importance of relationships and identity, Eva having forced herself into assimilation into the English culture at the expense of her own culture and relationship with her mother, whom she presumes died in the Holocaust, but who returns at the end, resulting in the final fusing of the Eva and Evelyn characters, who remain stubbornly separate until this point. Based around testimonies from Kindertransport survivors, the play expresses with heartrending realism the events, traumas and emotions experienced by those who escaped the holocaust. Figures of authority, such as policemen, and everyday things such as trains become metaphors for terror well into Evelyn's adult life, and her relationship with her own daughter is jeapodised as a result of her experiences. But perhaps the most chilling feature of all is the presence of the Ratcatcher, the figure of the young Eva's storybook, who led away the children, and here is personified in all the figures of male authority, a constant reminder of a child's worst nightmare: to be seperated from her parents; to be displaced; to be alone.
There is always much debate about who should be allowed to write about the holocaust and what should be written in order to do it justice, but this play has succeeded in both representation of events and as a play in its own right. It is the most sensational play I have read in a long time, and it affected me deeply, encouraging me to read more of the background to the Kindertransport and question the importance of nature versus nurture, and the expense at which mother-daughter bond is broken.
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By HappyShopperABC on 22 Dec. 2012
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I am currently acting in this play, playing Evelyn, and decided I'd buy my own copy of the book because I'd heard the notes at the beginning (which we weren't given) were extremely useful. Since then, it has travelled everywhere, including a Christmas Dinner Party! The forward my Samuels and the real Kindertransport experience stories at the front of the book are interesting and prove extremely useful to actors, trying to perform the difficult production. The play itself is beautiful and worth reading. It is a moving piece set in two different time periods, studying the effects of the horrors of the war and human relationships, amongst other touching and difficult topics. It is a joyful read. Having read other reviews about the pages falling out... it hasn't happened to my copy nor my directors tatty and very well-annotated copy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Mehmet on 6 April 2013
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I bought this play as I am studying it for English literature GCSE and many of my peers had the paperback version which became crumpled and ruined. It is definitely to pay that little bit more for the hardback if you are studying the play as you'll be using it so much.
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I read this very powerful play as a member of a Quaker group involved in planning events to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One in 2014, highlighting the role of conscientious objectors in both WW1 and WW2. We hope to encourage a local secondary school to put on a production of this thought-provoking play which deals with complex issues of identity and abandonment in an appropriately nuanced way. There are no heroes, only victims - which is a fitting message to draw about any war.
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Purchased for my son for his English GCSE revision. Very poor writing, especially towards the end of the play. The scene at the train station is horrendous; as if written by not a particularly bright student trying to squeeze fancy, misplaced metaphores all over the place to get a better mark. No idea how it made into the syllabus when there are so many wonderful plays to read/watch. Shouldn't really be surprised, having read his modern poetry compendium... Don't waste your time unless you must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jason on 19 Mar. 2013
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great book for 6th form a levels.. Enjoying the book . its vefy informative . You dont realise how these things affect all involved.
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received Kindertransport hard back edition within allotted time safely and in mint condition.
The book had an in depth introduction which set the play in a historical context.
The play explores parent child relationships and loss and in a wider context, the effects of WW II on young children and how others helped.
Great female characterisations with moving scenes.
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By Randini on 30 Sept. 2014
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Fascinating. I had very little knowledge of this attempt to cheat Hitler... While only a tiny drop in an ocean of Jewish children, still a valiant attempt to save some.
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