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Kindertransport (Nick Hern Books) Paperback – 14 Sep 1995

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  • 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)
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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.

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I saw this play several years ago and utterly loved it. Today, I reread the script and was struck again by how poignantly Samuels writes about a child being separated from her parents. The beauty of this play is that the consequences of the forced separation (though it was done through love) can be seen in multiple generations. This plays asks questions that are well worth asking, and it does so with wonderfully written characters that reach out and grab your heartstrings.
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lovely book and great service.
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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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I would love to see this play performed, as it is really hard to review a play as written form, as of course they are intended to be performed., but having read the dialogue I can tell that it is a really powerful and moving piece about the Kinder transport that saved Jewish children just before the outbreak of world war 2, and how it affected their lives and the lives of their descendants years later.
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
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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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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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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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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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