Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

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Released 2000

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Director:
Mark Jonathan Harris
Released:
2000
Rating:
PG
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport shares the experiences of the Jewish children rescued from Nazi Germany through the Kindertransport project. On November 9 and 10, 1938, the Nazis carried out an effort known as Kristallnacht ("Night of Broken Glass"). Nearly one hundred Jews were killed and thousands were tortured. Synagogues, community buildings, and homes were broken into and destroyed, including orphanages. In response to the events, the British Jewish Refugee Committee and the House of Commons decided to rescue Jewish children trapped in Germany. The Kindertransport project brought together people from many denominations including Jews, Quakers and Christians. On December 2, 1938, the first 196 children arrived in Harwich, England, after being rescued from a Berlin Jewish orphanage that had been burned by the Nazis. When the last transport left Germany on September 1, 1939, approximately 10, o00 children had been rescued. Using archival footage and interviews, this documentary shares the story of those children.

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Documentary, Drama

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Biography, Military & War, History