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

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Release Date
 USA: Sep 15, 2000
 UK: 24 Nov 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: May 3, 2005

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Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG for thematic elements.

Running Time
2 hours, 2 minutes

Country USA, UK

Studio Sabine Films, US Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Genre: Documentary, World War II, True Story, Political, Military

Tagline: 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...

Plot: INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS, the stunning, heartrending documentary feature directed by Mark Jonathan Harris and narrated by Judi Dench, details the rescue of 10,000 German, Austrian, and Czechoslovakian Jewish children just prior to the outbreak of WWII. A labor of love for producer Deborah Oppenheimer, whose mother was part of the kindertransport, the documentary combines powerful testimonies from now elderly--kinder--with rare archival film footage. Following the Kristallnacht pogroms in November 1938, a mission began to remove Jewish children to the only nation willing to harbor them--England. Parents lucky enough to secure their children places had the heartbreaking task of packing a single suitcase and putting their child on a train, promising to follow soon after. Most of the parents, however, died in Hitler's concentration camps. In England, the kinder were faced with new problems--living with strangers who spoke another language, while simultaneously missing and feeling abandoned by their parents. Recounting their compelling, gut-wrenching stories, the pain is still raw for the elderly kinder--but they are survivors in every sense of the word. Their fortune, though traumatizing, is underscored by the film's final, sobering statistic: 1.5 million children perished during

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 Directed by
Mark Jonathan Harris
The Long Way Home, The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
 Written by
Mark Jonathan Harris
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, The Long Way Home
Judi Dench
Shakespeare in Love, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day
 Music By
Lee Holdridge
Splash, Mr. Mom, The Beastmaster

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