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The Windermere Children (2020)

This is the stark, moving ultimately redemptive story of the bonds these children make with one another, and of how the friendships forged at Windermere become a lifeline to a fruitful future.


Michael Samuels


Simon Block
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Kretschmann ... Oscar Friedmann
Romola Garai ... Marie Paneth
Iain Glen ... Jock Lawrence
Tim McInnerny ... Leonard Montefiore
Marcel Sabat ... Berish Lerner
Philipp Christopher ... Georg Lauer
Anna Schumacher ... Edith Lauer
Konstantin Frank ... Rabbi Weiss
Kacper Swietek Kacper Swietek ... Chaim 'Harry' Olmer
Marek Wroblewski Marek Wroblewski ... Schmuel 'Sam' Laskier
Kuba Sprenger ... Icek 'Ike' Alterman
Pascal Fischer ... Benyak 'Ben' Helfgott
Anna Maciejewska Anna Maciejewska ... Sala Feiermann
Tomasz Studzinski Tomasz Studzinski ... Arek Hershlikovicz
Jakub Jankiewicz Jakub Jankiewicz ... Salek Falinower


The harrowing and ultimately life-affirming story of Holocaust children who were relocated and rehabilitated in the UK after World War II. It began with uncertainty and fear in the new land, however it eventually led to the triumph of hope and goodwill and life-long friendship and happiness that they all cherish. Written by MM

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Release Date:

26 January 2020 (UK) See more »

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The Windermere Children See more »

Filming Locations:

Glenarm, Northern Ireland, UK See more »

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The German documentary series ZDF history portrayed several of the one-time children. One of them is Bela, the "leader" of the bunch of three-year-olds who arrived at Windermere completely bewildered and totally speechless. See more »


The bicycles, abandoned when the local boys are chased away from the fumigation, carry orange reflectors on their wheels. Such reflectors were introduced in Finland in 1960, so would not be present on bicycles during the late 1940s. See more »

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[caption, as footage of Icek 'Ike' Alterman and the actor who played him are shown looking over Lake Windermere] Ike joined Sam in Manchester where he set up a jewellery company employing many people See more »

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A response to david-fisher26. Correction.
1 February 2020 | by rsvptoursisraelSee all my reviews

Your comment about "the old wives tale" of broken glass is based on a specific situation and context that does not apply here. The idea that a poisoner can secretly grind glass into food in order to kill someone is indeed a doubtful premise. This is what Snopes has to say about it: "The primary problem is that people really don't care to eat food full of hard, gritty nuggets, and they really don't like chewing on shards of glass that cut up their mouths. So, in order to make your glassified food palatable enough for your victim to eat it, you have to grind the glass very finely. ... ingesting powdered glass won't kill an otherwise healthy person: The glass would have to be very finely ground, or the victim would notice it as he ate ... the food would seem gritty unless the glass was ground into a powder."

Now here Mr. Fisher is the vital point that you missed. I have added the capitals

Snopes: "If you could GET THE VICTIM TO EAT COARSER GLASS such as crushed instead of ground, the glass shards would damage the stomach and intestine and could cause bleeding ."

This is followed by ... " a person would know something was wrong with the food, and if not, he would go to a doctor about the bleeding."

Do you understand now, sir? The Germans MADE their victims eat the glass ... there would be no going to a doctor about the bleeding.

Back to Snopes: "... with coarser glass, the bleeding would probably not be massive or life-threatening but slow and lead to anemia and fatigue. The stools would become black from the blood, and ..." Here we go again: "the victim would see a doctor."

Obviously in the concentration camp they would not. And of course that "non-life threatening" bleeding only applies to healthy human beings, and only on the premise that they discover what is happening and stop eating the glass ...

The emaciated inmates, forced to continue to eat glass would inevitably succumb to the damage it caused, if other sicknesses and disease and malnutrition and beatings didn't kill them first.

If you are going to state something as a fact, it behoves you to do full research first. Especially on such a serious subject as this, and after watching a heart-wrenching programme as this one was.

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