Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
|Into the Arms of Strangers|
|Directed by||Mark Jonathan Harris|
|Produced by||Deborah Oppenheimer|
|Starring||Judi Dench (narrator)|
|Music by||Lee Holdridge|
|Edited by||Kate Amend|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|September 7, 2000
November 24, 2000 (United Kingdom)
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport is the 2000 Academy Award-winning Warner Bros. documentary feature film about the remarkable British rescue operation, known as the Kindertransport, which saved the lives of over 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia by transporting them via train, boat, and plane to England. These children, or kinder in German, were taken into foster homes and hostels in Britain, expecting eventually to be reunited with their parents. The majority of them never saw their families again. Written and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris, produced by Deborah Oppenheimer, narrated by Judi Dench, and made with the cooperation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, it utilized rare and extensive footage, photographs, and artifacts, and is told in the words of the child survivors, rescuers, parents, and foster parents. These are the stories of those who survived with the help of others; they are stories of courage and hope; stories about the strength and resolve of children; and most astonishing, these are stories rarely heard about the impact of the Holocaust.
The documentary relies heavily on filmed interviews in which the children of the Kindertransport (aged in their 60s and 70s at the time of the filming) recall their feelings and experiences. These interview subjects include:
- Lorraine Allard, kind
- Lory Cahn, kind
- Mariam Cohen, foster mother of Kurt Fuchel
- Hedy Epstein, kind
- Kurt Fuchel, kind
- [Alexander Gordon], kind
- Franzi Groszmann, mother of Lore Segal
- Eva Hayman, kind
- Jack Hellman, kind
- Bertha Leverton, kind
- Ursula Rosenfeld, kind
- Inge Sadan, kind (Bertha Leverton's sister)
- Lore Segal, kind
- Robert Sugar, kind
- Nicholas Winton, rescuer 
- Norbert Wollheim, rescuer
Alexander Gordon was also one of the refugees on HMT Dunera, one of the most notorious events of British maritime history.
An overwhelming majority of American film critics responded positively to Into the Arms of Strangers writing that it both intellectually and emotionally captures this chapter of history. The film went on to win the prestigious Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film had an extremely limited theatrical release (18 theaters at its widest) and grossed $382,807 domestically.
In 2014, Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertranspot was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
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