My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransport

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Released 1996

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Director:
Melissa Hacker
Released:
1996
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My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransport tells the story of the children rescued through the Kindertransport project. Just prior to World War II, almost 10,000 children were rescued from Nazi Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. They traveled without their parents, most of whom they never saw again. Documentary filmmaker Melissa Hacker grew up with intimate stories of the Kindertransport, as her mother was one of the children rescued from Vienna. In this film, Melissa shares the bittersweet story of the children and their parents - parents who had to make the choice between letting their children leave them or watching them suffer at the hands of Adolph Hitler. In the film, survivors vividly recall their experiences. Interviews combined with newsreel footage provide a deep understanding of the psychological and historical effects. This film is the first feature-length documentary that tells the story of the Kindertransport, a heartwrenching piece of Holocaust history.

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