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The Windermere Children (2020)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 26 January 2020 (UK)
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
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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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Did You Know?


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 »

Crazy Credits

[concluding comments before closing credits] Sala Feiermann left the UK and settled in America. She married and had two children. She died in 2005.

Reunited, Salek and Chiel Falinower went on to set up a successful business together on the south coast. Salek died in 2014.

In all, 732 child survivors of the Holocaust were brought to Windermere and other locations in the UK. Every year they and their families meet to celebrate their survival. See more »


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28 January 2020 | by stevencholtSee all my reviews

Made me cry, what them poor children must have gone through and seen, great script and wonderful acting, a must watch

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