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Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, the film

Kindertransport Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport is a documentary which was released in 2000 and won the Academy Award in 2001 as the Best Documentary.

It is the story about 10,000 Jewish children who were sent from Austria and Germany to England in 1938 and 1939 before the war broke out between Germany and Poland. The Kindertransport has been called one of the greatest acts of mercy in the history of the world.

The documentary describes the suffering which occured for parents and children as parents sent their children to England to save them from the Nazi oppression and possible death. Over 1.5 million children died in the holocaust. More could have been saved had governments acted more quickly. To our shame, the United States congress failed to pass legislation to allow children to immigrate to the United States without their parents. Luckily for 10,000 children the British were not so rigid and more merciful.

This film depicts a part of history which I knew nothing about before seeing the film and it is well worth watching. I recommend it.

Link: Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000).


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