- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Nick Hern Books; Rev ed. edition (14 Sept. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1854592270
- ISBN-13: 978-1854592279
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,438,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kindertransport (Nick Hern Books) Paperback – 14 Sep 1995
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Today it seems impossible that the holocaust was allowed to happen, but it did and this is why plays like this need to be performed – history needs to be remembered.
The play is well written and moves between the child Eva and her adult counterpart Evelyn, and how she deals with being uprooted from her life with her parents in Germany to England and the strangers who become her new family. During the play Evelyn’s daughter discovers items from her Mother’s past and wants to learn more about her family history, history that Evelyn does not want to be reminded of. It is the story of those who need to forget and those who need to know, this is something that interests me because of my family, and our history, history that is now sadly unrecoverable but no less interesting.
As my Father has said ‘The true heroes never talked about it’. – not necessarily because they wanted to forget it, but because they didn’t believe they were heroes.
Again I would love to see this performed in order to understand the context better
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The only issue I have with this book is that the page numbers vary to the paperback and so it's a sight inconvenience when using in class. Otherwise a great purchase.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this play. It is so simply written yet invokes so many feelings and themes. The interlaced scenes between the characters both in the past and present link the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by sarah