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The story of the child refugees who were transported to Britain to escape the Nazi Holocaust.

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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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the nine months prior to World War II, 10,000 innocent children left behind their families, their homes, their childhood, and took the journey...


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24 November 2000 (UK)  »

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$32,037 (USA) (15 September 2000)

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$374,555 (USA) (15 December 2000)
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Nicholas Winton: We did have the feeling that the position was much more urgent than anybody in London thought.
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A Truly Profound Experience.
21 December 2000 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

Watching "Into the Arms of Strangers" was truly a profound experience for me. I am still struggling to put into words all the feelings it evoked in me.

This is the harrowing, compelling true story of Jewish children living in Hitler's Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia who were sent to live in England without their parents. It is told by the children who are now in their sixties and seventies, and it is accompanied by wartime newsreels from both England and Germany. The German footage is especially scary, because it looks much like the English footage, except the wholesome, smiling, patriotic citizens on display are all giving the Nazi salute.

It is hard to imagine being a young child and being taken away not just from your parents, but from your country, your language, and your culture. That really tore me up.

Anyone who sees this movie and doesn't cry is not a human being, but a thing of stone. 10 out of 10.


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