Into the Arms of Strangers

Into the Arms of Strangers

Stories of the Kindertransport

Book - 2000
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For nine months before the outbreak of World War II, Britain conducted an extraordinary rescue mission. It opened its doors to over 10,000 endangered children-90 percent of them Jewish-from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. These children were taken into foster homes and hostels in Britain, expecting eventually to be reunited with their parents. Most of the children never saw their families again.

Into the Arms of Strangers recounts the remarkable story of this rescue operation, known as the Kindertransport, and its dramatic impact on the lives of the children who were saved. The book is the companion to the feature-length documentary to be released in the theatres by Warner Bros. in Fall 2000. It contains stories in their own words from the child survivors, rescuers, parents, and foster parents. They recount, in harrowing detail, the effects of the Nazi's reign of terror, the horror of Kristallnacht, the agonizing decision by the parents to send their children away, the journey, the difficulties of adjustment in Britain, the outbreak of war, and the children's tragic discovery afterward that most of their parents had perished in concentration camps.

The stories are heartbreaking, but also inspiring. These are the stories of those who survived with the help of others; they are stories about the strength and resolve of children; and most astonishing, these are stories not yet heard about the Holocaust.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2000
Edition: 1st US ed
ISBN: 9781582341019
Characteristics: xiii, 292 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Oppenheimer, Deborah
Alternative Title: Kindertransport


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Sep 19, 2014

After I read the novel Far To Go by Alison Pick I was very curious about the Kindertransport so I checked out this book. It really does a great job of telling the stories of a handful of survivors. I had no idea of the emotional turmoil that these children endured. Separated from their parents who were trapped in Nazi occupied Europe, some of the children were tasked with trying to get them to England by finding them jobs. One girl just went to an affluent neighbourhood and started knocking on doors and begging people to hire her parents as domestic servants. After England declared war the children had to endure those long years without any chance of communication from their parents. When the war ended the final blows were delivered to these children, most of whom would never see their parents or extended families again.


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