Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories Of The Childrenstransport [DVD]  EU IMPORT ENGLISH AUDIO
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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Bulgarian ( Subtitles ), Czech ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Hungarian ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Polish ( Subtitles ), Romanian ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: In 1938 and 1939, about 10,000 children, most of them Jews, were sent by their parents from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia to the safety of England where foster families took most of them in for the duration of the war. Years later, eleven kinder, one child's mother, an English foster mother, a survivor of Auschwitz who didn't go to England, and two of the kindertransport organizers remember: the days before the Nazis, the mid-to-late 1930s as Jews were ostracized, saying farewell to family, traveling to England, meeting their foster families, writing home, fearing the worst, coping, and trying to find families after the war ended. 1,500,000 children dead; 10,000 saved. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards, ...Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport ( Kinder transport )
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Their's was not always a warm welcome. They were billeted in holiday camps and 'adoptive families' came and 'shopped' for a child they liked the look of. Many children remained in these camps for some time, either because they were too old, or not appealing enough to the carers. A small proportion were even abused - taken by families that used them as unpaid domestics. All of them missed their parents and were constantly worried about their welfare.
This incredibly moving documentary is told in the first person by children who migrated, their adoptive carers, and in narration by Dame Judi Dench. It is a tale of unutterable sadness and grief, yet one that must be told and heard. It is also a tale of how only one country made any real attempt to save Jewish children who were already being persecuted and would certainly face a worse future in Europe.
Not being a parent, I cannot even begin to imagine what it must have been like to consign your child to migration to 'safe' England, when your own fate was far from secure. Most parents believed they would never see their children again, and in the vast majority of cases this fear was realised.
This documentary is of such importance that it forms a compulsory part of the school curriculum in Germany today. Watch it, but be prepared to be greatly moved.
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